Knowing Certain Common Names

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Ranger Saldivar 2D
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Knowing Certain Common Names

Postby Ranger Saldivar 2D » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:21 am

For benzene are we supposed to be able to know what it is based on memorization or is there a way to decipher it from its name alone? Additionally, are there other common names we should learn, whether they relate to alkanes or not?

Samuel Yang
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Re: Knowing Certain Common Names

Postby Samuel Yang » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:47 am

I think it is most important to know substituent names of alkanes such as -meth, -eth, -prop, etc. These common branch substituents are emphasized over more specific terms such as benzene or isobutane and some alternate ways to name common compounds.

I believe on the quizzes and homework, instead of asking us to draw a benzene ring, we would probably be asked to draw a ringed structure and you would just use -cyclo as the prefix.

Hopefully that helps!


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