Jonathan Musical Introduction The purpose of the experiment was to oxidize and identify an unknown alcohol using hypochlorite, or household bleach. During the experiment, the bleach oxidized the secondary unknown alcohol into a liquid ketene which was distilled or boiled to find the boiling point and then identified using a chart of unknown identities and boiling points.
The oxidation of the unknown alcohol was done through the mixing of the unknown alcohol, glacial acetic acid, and bleach. Through the procedure of oxidation over a period of two lab days, the unknown secondary alcohol was identified. Conclusions On the first day of the experiment the unknown secondary alcohol (1 A), glacial acetic acid, and bleach were mixed.