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Is this the same organic side chain?

  1. Apr 28, 2012 #1
    Attached is the image of the desired structure, my question is based on what is pictured as (CH3)2HC- I represented this group as C3H7 which does seem like the logical equivalent, but just being safe here. Am I right?

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  3. Apr 28, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    (CH3)2CH- is what would be called isopropyl, C3H7- is ambiguous as it can be both isopropyl and n-propyl.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2012 #3
    Ah! Okay, But I'm just an international baccalaureate student if you know what that is, would they expect so much?!
     
  5. Apr 30, 2012 #4

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    Much? I would expect high school students to understand the ambiguity, after all this is a very basic isomerism and judging from the picture the question is about isomerism as well.
     
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