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Ring Flipping

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:16 pm
by Jaime_Chamberlain_3G
Can someone please explain ring flipping in a little more detail? I'm still confused. Thank you.

Re: Ring Flipping

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:55 pm
by Chem_Mod
Ring flipping is how we describe when a cyclkoalkane, most commonly cyclohexane, inverts. In this way, equatorial atoms because axial and vice versa. Here is a great image from Wikipedia showing the process of ring flipping:

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Another way to think of ring flipping is "chair flipping." This website has a good explanation:

http://www.masterorganicchemistry.com/2 ... hair-flip/