Thu February 24, 2011 By: Pawandeep Kaur

hello maam I have some doubts relating organic chemistry. 1. HCO-O-COCH3: maam its name is ethanoic methanoic acid but I am not able to understand how?maam plz explain me. 2.can CH3CH2NHCH3 be named as ethyl methaneamine instead of methyl ethaneamine.if yes/no why,explain.

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Thu February 24, 2011
Dear Student
The name of this compound is HCO-O-COCH3 ethanoic methanoic anhydride. (not acid)
This is an example of mixed anhydride. This anhydride is formed from methanoic acid and ethanoic acid.
CH3CH2NHCH3  is N-methylethanamine.
This is the first rule for naming organic compounds according to IUPAC, which suggests always select the longest continuous chain of carbons.
We hope that clarifies your query.
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