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Just to confirm, the more stable geometry or setup of organic molecules are those in which the hydrogen atoms are farthest away from each other (to prevent any "rubbing" up against one another)? would a situation in which the neighboring hydrogen molecules are interacting with each other ever happen naturally? in nature, isn't the most stable configuration always going to be the one that results?
The stable conformation will not always be what happens in nature because of thermal collisions. As we increase the temperature, you will see the equilibrium constant between the a less stable conformation (gauche) and the most stable conformation (anti) will decrease, meaning that as the temperature increases you are more likely to see molecules in the gauche conformation. However, when the temperature is low, the molecules are almost locked in that stable conformation, so the equilibrium constant will be much higher, so almost all the molecules will be in the stable conformation. So, the answer to your question is that it depends on the temperature.
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