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MCAT Chemistry Question — Methyl Propanoate

  • by John
  • Apr 29, 2018
  • MCAT Question of the Day

What is the structure of methyl propanoate?

 

A. CH3COCH2CH3

B. CH3COOCH3

C. CH3CH2COOCH3

D. CH3CHOCH2CH3

 

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Break down the compound name: methyl indicates CH3, propane indicates a 3-carbon chain, and “oate” indicates an ester linkage. Only choice C) has the correct groups present.

 

A. CH3COCH2CH3, incorrect, This is a ketone.

B. CH3COOCH3, incorrect, This shows an ester but lacks a 3-carbon propane.

C. CH3CH2COOCH3, correct.

D. CH3CHOCH2CH3, incorrect, This is an ether.

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