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Preparations of Alcohols, R-OH (review and preview)

We have already encountered many methods for the preparation of alcohols, but there are more that we need to consider.  The number of methods is an indicator of the importance of the alcohol functional group.
The following table collects the methods together.....

Hydration of Alkenes
Hydroboration-Oxidation of Alkenes
Oxymercuration-Demercuration of Alkenes
Hydrolysis of Alkyl Halides
Organometallics with Aldehydes and Ketones
Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones
Organometallics with Esters
Reduction of Esters
Reduction of Carboxylic Acids 
Opening Epoxides

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