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1.5: Halogens

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    Learning Objective
    • How to name halogenated hydrocarbons

    The halogens are elements belonging to Group 7A. Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine can be added to hydrocarbons through reactions with their diatomic forms or when bound to hydrogen as hydrogen halides.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). where X is any halogen atom:Diatomic halogen vs halogen halide

    When a halogen atom is bound to an otherwise saturated carbon atom, the molecule is known as an alkyl halide.

    Substituent Symbol Name
    Fluorine Fl fluoro-
    Chlorine Cl chloro-
    Bromine Br bromo-
    Iodine I iodo-

    When naming molecules according to the IUPAC system of nomenclature, remember prefix-parent-suffix (like un-believe-able).

    • prefix: what are the substituents?
    • parent: how many carbons?
    • suffix: what is the family of compounds?
    Practice Questions

    1. This molecule is named 2-chlorobutane.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{2}\): 2-chlorobutane

    What is the name of Molecule A?

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{3}\): Molecule A

    2. This molecule is named 2-fluoro-3-methylpentane.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{4}\): 2-fluoro-3-methylpentane

    This molecule is named 4-iodo-2-methylhexane.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{5}\): 4-iodo-2-methylhexane

    What is the name of Molecule B?

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{6}\): Molecule B

    3. This molecule is named 1-chloro-2-butene.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{7}\): 1-chloro-2-butene

    This molecule is named 5-fluoro-2-hexene.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{8}\): 5-fluoro-2-hexene

    What is the name of Molecule C?

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{9}\): Molecule C

    4. This molecule is named 5-fluoro-1,3-cyclohexadiene.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{10}\): 5-fluoro-1,3-cyclohexadiene

    What is the name of Molecule D?

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{11}\): Molecule D

    5. Write the steps that you use to name an alkyl halide, in order, as instructions for a student who doesn't know how to do it.

    6. Draw any alkyl halide and go through the steps in naming your molecule.

    This page titled 1.5: Halogens is shared under a CC BY 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Rebekah O'Donnell (OpenStax CNX) .

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