Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones

Organic chemical reactions generally have three components: Reactants, Reagents & Products.

In this problem we shall consider three isomeric carbonyl reactants:
3-methyl-2-butanone   3-methylbutanal  3-pentanone

These compounds may be reacted with six different reagents:
Jones' reagent
CrO3 in H3O(+)
in ether, followed by H3O(+)
excess C2H5OH
Acid catalyst, heat (–H2O)
in CH3OH
piperidine, acid, heat (–H2O)
heat (–H2O)

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You may review the chemistry of aldehydes and ketones before proceeding.


This script written by William Reusch, Dept. of Chemistry, Michigan State University. Please send comments and corrections to