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CH3-CH3-O-CH2-CH3 is a symmetrical ether?

CH3-CH3-O-CH2-CH3 is a symmetrical ether? -- the two ethyl groups do not look identical on both sides.

Left alkyl group is CH3CH3- (both carbons are have 3 hydrogens attached).

Right alkyl group is -CH2CH3 (1st carbon with 2 hydrogens and second carbon with 3 hydrogens attached).

When it comes to the R groups being "identical" does it not matter how many protons are attached, or just how many carbons are in the chain?

Does the octet rule not apply here?

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CH3-CH3-O-CH2-CH3 is a unsymmetrical ether. Yes it does matter... View the full answer

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