Q. 2 A4.4( 12 Votes )

Give one chemical test to distinguish between the following pairs of compounds.

Methylamine and dimethylamine

Answer :

The best test for distinguishing methyl amine and dimethylamine is the Carbylamines test.


Carbylamine Test: Aliphatic and aromatic primary amines on heating with chloroform and ethanolic potassium hydroxide form foul-smelling isocyanides or carbylamines.


In this case, Methylamine (which is an aliphatic primary amine) gives a positive carbylamine test while dimethylamine wont.


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