Asked by kanishkaaggarwal | 4th Nov, 2009, 04:42: PM

Expert Answer:

An ester is an organic compound which has an alkyl group on both sides of -COO- like

-COO- will be their in all esters with two alkyl groups on either sides.

R and R' may be same or different.

Alkyl groups may be CH3 - which is methyl,

C2H5 - which is ethyl.

C3H7 - which is propyl

WHile naming an ester, R' alkyl group is named first as explaiend above.

Then count the carbons present in R group add one carbon for the COO group and then write it as alkanoate.



C2H5COOCH3 is named as


Similarly instead of craming you can name the compound logically. It will be easy. If still there is some difficulty put another query.

Answered by  | 5th Nov, 2009, 09:29: AM

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