If in a reaction ,that is on oxidation A gives two carboxylic acids B and C where B is ethanoic acid and C is butanoic acid , how can we come to the conclusion that the keto group is present on the second carbon?

Asked by sarbsukhmani | 12th Aug, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

becaue one of the acids formed is ethanoic acid which has two carbon atoms.
Secondly, according to the rule the C=O group stays with the alkyl group which has lower number of carbon atoms. 

Answered by  | 12th Aug, 2010, 04:03: PM

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