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Reactivity of Alpha Hydrogens

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    The alpha carbon is the first carbon atom attached to a functional group, such as a carbonyl. The carbonyl group makes the alpha hydrogen (the hydrogen on the alpha carbon) slightly acidic via a resonance stabilization mechanism. This results in several different reactions of note.