MCAT Chemistry Question — Methyl Propanoate
- Apr 29, 2018
- MCAT Question of the Day
- Reviewed By: Liz Flagge
What is the structure of methyl propanoate?
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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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