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Cocaine is a widely abused, addicting drug. Cocaine is usually
obtained as its hydrochloride salt (cocaine hydrochloride,
an ionic salt). This salt can be converted to crack (a neutral
molecule) by treatment with base.
a. Identify the functional groups in cocaine.
b. Given what you have learned about ionic and covalent bonding, which of the two compounds—crack or cocaine hydrochloride—has a higher boiling point?
c. Which compound is more soluble in water?
d. Can you use the relative solubility to explain why crack is usually smoked but cocaine hydrochloride is injected directly into the bloodstream?
In this task we have to show all possible stereoisomers if CHO is reduced to CHOH.
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