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Propose an detailed explanation of the role strain plays on stability and reactivity of a cyclic alkane such as cyclopropane. This discussion is guided primarily by our course textbook, Organic Chemistry with Biological Applications . According to the chapter, there are 3 kinds of strain that influence the energy of cycloalkanes: 1.) Angle strain: The strain due to expansion or compression of bond angles. 2.) Torsional strain: The strain due to eclipsing of bonds on neighboring atoms 3.) Steric strain: The strain due to repulsive interactions when atoms approach each other too closely. In the late 1880s, Baeyer theorized that small and large rings whose bond angles deviated from 109 degrees created instability via angle strain. Following this line of reasoning, he assumed that molecules such as cyclopropane, cyclobutane, and cyclohexane would be severely strained, whereas cyclopentane would only be somewhat strained. To test his theory experimentally, we measure the total energy of a compound and
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