Reciprocal Net Site sponsor
   Site Info    |    Search
Acetone - Reciprocal Net Common Molecule Log in
TIP > Click and drag your mouse inside the applet above to rotate the molecule in 3-D. Applet instructions...

Switch to another visualization applet:

- miniJaMM
- JaMM1
> JaMM2 open in new window...


Acetone is a colorless liquid that has a distinctive smell and taste.

Chemical Formula: CH3COCH3
Other names: dimethyl ketone or 2-propanone and beta-ketopropane
Layman's explanation: Acetone is a major part of our body chemistry. Acetone occurs naturally in plants, trees, volcanic gases, forest fires, and as a product of the breakdown of body fat. As seen from previous experiences, acetone can cause health problems due to the role it plays in body functioning. Some properties of acetone are that it easily evaporates, is flammable, and can dissolve in water. Acetone is used as a solvent and reagent in the synthesis of organic compounds.
Keywords: flammable, natural, solvent

Reciprocal Net site software 0.9.1-50, copyright (c) 2002-2009, The Trustees of Indiana University
Files and data presented via this software are property of their respective owners.
Reciprocal Net is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library project. NSDL