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

## Homework Statement

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

## 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?

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.

chemisttree
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Gold Member
And methane (CH4) is not capable of this reaction. Also, there are 4 bonds to nitrogen.

epenguin
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## Homework Statement

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

## 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.