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Small chain alcohols have a warning label indicating that they are flammable, but what is mean by "small"? How many cabon atoms in a carbon chain is considered to be small? Would 1-decanol be considered as small chain alcohol?
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  • Chemistry - ,

    Usually small is up to about five carbons in the chain. Butanol definitely. Pentanol usually. Hexanol, perhaps. Heptanol, no.

  • Chemistry - ,

    Alright, thank you!

  • Chemistry - ,

    The rule in most texts is 5-6 carbons in a chain.

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