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What is the chemical formula for alcohol?

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The main functional group of alcohols is the hydroxyl group, written as "-OH". There are many different types of alcohol and molecular formulas vary based on the number of carbon atoms and the placement of the ���OH group in the molecule.

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What is the chemical formula for alcohol?
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Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, is a common alcohol produced by fermentation of sugars such as barley and grapes. Ethanol is found in alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. The chemical formula for ethanol is CH3CH2OH; this formula can also be written as a condensed structural formula, C2H5OH. The molecular formula for ethanol is C2H6O. Other alcohols include methanol (CH3OH) and propan-1-ol (CH3CH2CH2OH).

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