# Can you give the IUPAC name for the following (CH_3)_3C-OH, CH_3CH(OH)-CH_3?

Aug 29, 2016

For $\text{tert-butyl alcohol}$, and $\text{isopropyl alcohol?}$

#### Explanation:

For $\text{tert-butyl alcohol}$, ${\left({H}_{3} C\right)}_{3} C - O H$, clearly the longest chain is three carbons long, and $C 2$ is substituted by $- O H$, and $C {H}_{3}$. So this is a propanol derivative:

$\text{2-methylpropan-2-ol}$

For $\text{isopropyl alcohol}$, ${H}_{3} C - C H \left(O H\right) C {H}_{3}$, the longest chain is again three carbons long, and $C 2$ is substituted by $- O H$, so

$\text{propan-2-ol}$

I think this is right, and I haven't broken any arcane rule. Both names seem to be unambiguous.