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Lowest energy conformation

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Homework Statement



Draw 3-methyl-2-butanol in its lowest energy conformation

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ok i know its the staggered conformation and I have the skeletal drawing down but i just do not know where to put the groups....
 

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Consider sterics. If you were 3-methyl-2-butanol, how would you arrange your substituents to be comfortable: anti, gauche, or eclipsed?
 
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Probably the most popular way of drawing conformations is the Newman - projection method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newman_projection" [Broken]
 
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