Orgo Unit 2.2 Discussion

Orgo Unit 2.2 Discussion - Explain the equitorial and axial...

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Explain the equitorial and axial orientation of the substituents in the more stable forms of the cis and trans isomers of 1-isobutyl-2- methylcyclohexane. Be sure to discuss strain and energy in relation to conformations Before responding to this discussion topic, I think it would be worthwhile to discuss some of the concepts related to cyclohexanes in terms of their ability to adopt different conformations. This discussion will again be guided by the course textbook, Organic Chemistry with Biological Applications. Compared to the other cycloalkanes, there is virtually no strain in cyclohexane. This is because it adopts strain-free, three-dimensional shapes that allows all bond angles to be around 109 degrees, with the C—H bonds staggered. Cyclohexane rings can take on two forms. One form is the chair conformation. The other is the twist-boat conformation, which is also free of angle strain. On the other hand, it does have some steric strain and torsional strain (strain
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