A functional group is a group of atoms in a molecule which are the centre of reactivity and therefore provide it's chemical characteristics. The functional group is also a portion of the molecule that makes it distictive/more easily identifiable, as any molecules which share the same functional group will have undergone/can undergo the same chemical reactions.
- ↑ Hardinger, S.(2008) Lecture Supplement, 1st edition, Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc
- ↑ Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Functional Groups Definition and Examples." ThoughtCo, Nov. 8, 2018; Date Accessed: 06/12/18; https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-functional-groups-604473