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    Oct 28, 2007, 10:04 AM
    Organic Chemistry
    What is the word
    :homologues series means
    Simply explain how ethene can be prepared from ethanol.
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    Oct 28, 2007, 10:19 AM
    Homo - means same, Homologous in science means things that are very similar.
    In organic chemisrt a homologous series is a set of chemicals with similar properties like a similar formula and properties. This is usually because they have the same functional group, for example a hydroxyl in alcohols.

    Ethanol is ethane with a hydrogen molecule replaced by a hydroxyl radical, you need to think and look at your notes to work out how to remove the hydroxyl. It is a dehydration reaction converting an alcohol to an alkene. Look this up and you will have your answer.

    Post if you get stuck
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    Oct 28, 2007, 10:23 AM
    Hope this is the answer you are looking for

    Ethanol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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