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Aug 25, 2017

Yes, basically it is just remembering what each group looks like.


All "functional groups" are combinations of atoms that act together in reactions. Common ones are carboxylic (acid) groups, the ketone/ester/ether groups, amines, amides, alcohols, nitrides, nitrates, sulfates/sulfides and so on.

Knowing which atoms constitute a functional group helps to identify them in a compound and predict likely reactions.