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Getting N-methyl-2-aminobutane from 2-aminobutane

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Homework Statement


draw structural equation for going from 2-aminobutane to N-methyl-2-aminobutane


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The Attempt at a Solution


Code:
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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Borek
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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.
 
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chemisttree
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And methane (CH4) is not capable of this reaction. Also, there are 4 bonds to nitrogen.
 
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Homework Statement


draw structural equation for going from 2-aminobutane to N-methyl-2-aminobutane


Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution


Code:
CH3=CH-CH2-CH3   + CH4  ---->   CH3-CH-CH2-CH3
       |                                   |
       NH2                          CH3-NH2
It doesn't really balance so what must I do?
Except for CH4 which you seem to have corrected, all your organic formulae are wrong in more than one point.
 

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