Reactions Involving Alcohols


This is part of the HSC Chemistry course under the topic Alcohols.

HSC Chemistry Syllabus

  • investigate the production of alcohols, including: hydration of alkenes, substitution reactions of halogenated organic compounds and fermentation

  • conduct a practical investigation to measure and reliably compare the enthalpy of combustion for a range of alcohols

  • write equations, state conditions and predict products to represent the reactions of alcohols, including but not limited to (ACSCH128, ACSCH136):

  • – combustion

  • – dehydration

  • – substitution with HX

  • – oxidation


  • investigate the products of the oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols

Production of Alcohols

Alcohols are a unique group of organic compounds that can be produced in various reactions. This video explores the different ways it can be produced, including hydration of alkene, substitution of halogenated alkane and fermentation of glucose.


Combustion of Alcohols and Enthalpy of Combustion

This video explores the ins and outs of alcohol combustion, as well as a simple experiment that could be used to reliably compare the enthalpy of combustion for a range of alcohols.


Reactions Involving Alcohols: Dehydration, Substitution with HX and Oxidation

Reactions of alcohols include combustion, dehydration, substitution with hydrogen halide (HX) and oxidation. This video explores the products of each reaction.



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