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How do you convert cyclohexane to chair conformation?

How do you convert cyclohexane to chair conformation?


Study Guide for Exam II 

How do you convert cyclohexane to chair conformation?



● Converting Dash/Wedge cyclohexane into a chair conformation:

○ If dashed substituents, the substituents should be pointing down in a chair conformation ○ If wedged substituents, the substituents should be pointing up in a chair conformation ● Chirality

○ Two molecules are identical (conformers) if models of the two can be superimposed without  breaking any bonds

○ Mirror images (enantiomers): look like reflections of one another 

■ Ex. change from R configuration to a S configuration

○ Chiral­ not identical to its mirror image (nonsuperimposable on its mirror image) ○ Achiral­ superimposable on its mirror image and has a plane of symmetry (meso compound;  reviewed later in this study guide)

How do you draw chair conformations with substituents?

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● Steps for assigning configurations: 

○ Assigning priority 1­4, 4= lowest priority

○ Usually assigned by atomic number (higher atomic number=higher priority) ○ If 1­3 is going clockwise, the configuration is R.  If 1­3 is going counterclockwise, the  configuration is S.

● Reminder: A stereocenter is bonded to 4 DIFFERENT groups.

● When the lowest group, (#4) is not dashed, the configuration is switched. For example, if the  configuration from 1­3 is R but #4 is wedged, the configuration will be S instead.  ● For IUPAC naming for simple molecules, R/S in parentheses appear first in the name.  If the  molecule has two different stereocenters with different configurations, the R/S appear in  parentheses next to their specific orientation.  

How do you know if its r or s configuration?

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○ Ex: (S)­1­Bromo­1­chloroethane; (R)­3­Bromo­(S)­chloropentane

● Double and triple bonded substituents are treated differently 

○ C=C is treated as two C­C bonds

○ Carbon triple bonded to Carbon is treated as two C­C­C bonds.

● Stereoisomers 

○ Enantiomers 

■ Not superimposable 

■ A mirror image 

○ Diastereomers

■ Not superimposable

■ Not a mirror image (usually a change to one stereocenter instead of all) ● Meek compound

○ Has chiral centers that is achiral

○ It is superimposable on its mirror image and has a line of symmetry  Don't forget about the age old question of What is the meaning of the consumer problem in economics?

○ Meso compound only has a mirror plane if it is in eclipsed conformation  ● Fischer Projections

○ Drawing a molecule with straight horizontal and vertical lines. Horizontal lines are wedged  bonds (coming towards you) and vertical lines are dashed bonds (going away from you)

● To calculate how many stereocenters a compound will have= 2 to the nth power (n= number of  chiral centers)

● To calculate how many pairs of enantiomers the compound will have= 2 to the nth power divided by 2. 

● Conformers­ can be interconverted by a single bond without breaking that bond. (Alternative of  the same molecule)

● Constitutional Isomers­ have the same molecular formula but different atom connectivity ● Stereoisomers­ have the same molecular formula and the same connectivity but cannot be  superimposed or interconverted via a single bond rotation

● For enantiomers, both chiral centers will have opposite configuration names and for  diastereomers, only one chiral center will have opposite configuration names. Resonance Structures (Review)

● Two or more forms of the same molecule, but changing the placement of electrons ● Curved arrow always shows the flow of electrons We also discuss several other topics like What did muhammad wanted to remove out of the kaaba?
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● Three basic moves that are allowed for resonance structures=

○ Double bond to a lone pair

○ Lone pair to a double bond

○ Moving the double bond

● The structure becomes less important when it contains too much charges ● Don’t forget the OCTET RULE!

● More stable when the negative charge is on the more electronegative atom, and the more polar  atom.

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