Amides result from the combination of
with carboxylic acids.
The form of the molcule resembles that of an
with the exception that the central connecting atom is a nitrogen rather than an oxygen.
Methanamide is a liquid at room temperature (melting point: 3°C), but all other amides are solid.
The short chain amides are soluble in water whereas solubility decreases with the molecular size. Typically amides are less soluble than comparable amines and carboxylic acids.
Amides are commonly formed from the reaction of a carboxylic acid with an amine.
COOH + NH
A simple amide is named by writing the alkane name for the carbon chain and replacing the "-e" with "-amide".
Wikipedia article on amides
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