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Identify any errors in the name of each hydrocarbon?

  1. Feb 19, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Identify any errors in the name of each hydrocarbon?

    2,4-diethyloctane

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I drew a complete diagram of the molecule but I still do not understand what is wrong with it.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    Try to name the structure you have drawn. What is the first step?
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 #3
    I actually figured it out after an hour of struggling. TY :]

    What confused me was that the main carbon chain doesn't have to be linear.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2012 #4

    Borek

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    It doesn't matter how it is drawn - single bonds rotate.
     
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