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An unknown is either 2-methyl-2-propanol or 2 methyl-1-propanol. Addition of a few drops of dichromate solutions (orange as a strong oxidizing agent) to the unknown results in a green solutions (the color after it has been reduced). What is the identity of the unknown? Explain.

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What you're facing in this case is the oxidation reactions of alcohols. I've provided a very good reference on this.

Basically you have 2 alcohols: one is primary ...

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The unknown compounds are identified. Oxidizing agent reactions are examined. The solution provides detailed explanations and step-by-step instructions.