Torsional vs Steric Strain

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Samantha Rundle 3K
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Torsional vs Steric Strain

Postby Samantha Rundle 3K » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:00 pm

Is there any correlation between steric strain and torsional strain?

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Ryan Williams 1E
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Re: Torsional vs Steric Strain

Postby Ryan Williams 1E » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:15 pm

Steric strain involves atoms in the same molecule trying to occupy the same space. These are considered nonbonded interaction strains because the atoms in question are never directly bonded to each other. This occurs more often in larger molecules, where there are more potential atom interaction sites. Torsional strain refers to the C-C bonds in the cycloalkanes. If the bonds are eclipsed there is more repulsion between electron density sites. This is fixed through different conformations such as envelope, chair, and boat, as opposed to keeping the molecule planar.

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