Stability between axial and equatorial substituents

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Stability between axial and equatorial substituents

Postby Kaitlin Ross 3E » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:36 pm

In the course reader, it says that bigger substituents have higher preference for equatorial position due to steric interactions. Do the steric interactions refer to hydrogen atoms coming off of substituents? What effect do these interactions have on the conformation?

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Re: Stability between axial and equatorial substituents

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:51 pm

Check out this link for definitions of different types of strain (steric strain, torsional strain, etc.) http://www.chem.ucla.edu/harding/notes/strain_01.pdf

Steric interactions, also called steric strain, is basically electron repulsions between molecules.


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