Hi guys! I got my first test back today and one the questions was, "how many primary carbons are there in this structure" A primary carbon to my knowledge, is a Carbon Bonded to another Carbon, and 3 other noncarbon atoms. However, I got this question wrong. One part of the question had a "C-O-CH3" and he said the "C" in the "CH3" was a primary carbon, but it is NOT BONDED to any other CARBON!! He stated: "ALL METHYL GROUP CARBONS are PRIMARY CARBONS" Is this true?? (the C on the methyl was bonded to the O, the other to the H's)
The concept of "a primary carbon is a central carbon bonded to ONE other carbon" is not a very hard concept to understand. However then, can it be true, that the circled carbon in red can be a primary carbon?
I KNOW that CH3 is a methyl...can anyone answer?