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A ring flip is as the person above described, when all the axial groups become equatorial and all equatorial become axial. Ups remain ups and downs remain downs. Although chair is the most stable form, the significance of this process as described in lecture is for the molecule to reach an even more stable state. Before a flip, there are times when axial/equatorial groups will be in contact with other groups, something which is unfavorable. After the flip, this is fixed, resulting in a more stable state for the molecule.
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