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Oxidation of alcohols

Primary alcohols can be oxidised to aldehydes which can be further oxidised to carboxylic acids. Secondary alcohols can be oxidised to ketones. Tertiary alcohols are not easily oxidised. Acidified potassium dichromate(VI) is a suitable oxidising agent. Students should be able to: • write equations for these oxidation reactions (equations showing [O] as oxidant are acceptable) • explain how the method used to oxidise

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