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Posted by on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:58pm.

Aspirin has the structural formula below. Which functional groups does this molecule contain?
I. Acid II. Alcohol III. Ester IV. Ether

I have no way of posting the structure, but it is on google images! If you type in aspirin structural formula, it's the first one.

Answer is I and II. Please explain why!! I haven't been taught about organic chemistry..! THANKS!

  • AP CHEM - , Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:11pm

    Asirin (acetyl salicylic acid)is formed when salicylic acid reacts with acetic acid in a strong acid medium.This reaction converts the hydroxyl group on the salicylic acid to an ester while the benzoic acid group on the salicylic acid survives the reaction.

    Therefore, the answers to the posted question are:

    I Acid and III Ester.

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