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Homework Help: Organic Chem - Hydrocarbon Naming

  1. Jul 31, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Name the following compound:


    It's an alkane (Is there a way to see that it's an alkane when it's in this format?)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I really have no idea where to start. I can name compounds when I know what the structure looks like, but I don't know how to arrange the structure when it gives it to me in this format.
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  3. Jul 31, 2008 #2


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    Try to draw it. Each part in the parentheses is a side chain. CH3CH(CH3)CH3 is an isobutane.
  4. Aug 1, 2008 #3


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    Do as Borek suggests. The base name ending in -ane will be the longest chain. In Borek's example, the isobutane would be named as a substituted propane... 2-methylpropane to be exact.
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