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Homework Help: Getting N-methyl-2-aminobutane from 2-aminobutane

  1. Sep 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    draw structural equation for going from 2-aminobutane to N-methyl-2-aminobutane

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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    CH3=CH-CH2-CH3   + CH4  ---->   CH3-CH-CH2-CH3
           |                                   |
           NH2                          CH3-NH2
    It doesn't really balance so what must I do?
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  3. Sep 21, 2013 #2


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    It doesn't have to balance - it is a pretty standard procedure to ignore byproducts in such schemes.

    But what you draw is not a 2-aminobutane, and your product has a trivalent carbon.
  4. Sep 21, 2013 #3


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    And methane (CH4) is not capable of this reaction. Also, there are 4 bonds to nitrogen.
  5. Sep 21, 2013 #4


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    Except for CH4 which you seem to have corrected, all your organic formulae are wrong in more than one point.
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