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Hey I've been having a similar question. So far I've identified that its a tertiary carbon and is in the "T" shape. Theres a pretty good example of it on page 23 of the organic text. Thats the most common representation of it I can seem to find though. Anything beyond that I can't seem to figure out.
Similar to what was stated earlier, tert- means that there is a carbon that is bonded to three other carbons. It can be part of the name given to different types of isomers with this structure. In naming different substances, tert- usually appears as part of a common name as in the "tert-butyl" substituent. Just think "tertiary" or "three."
Just so you know, the central carbon in a tert- substituent will actually be quaternary because it will also need to attach to the parent chain, so it is bonded to 4 other carbons. But the fact that it's bonded to 3 other carbons that are part of the substituent is probably where the tert- name comes from
When naming a molecule using the tert prefix, is it taken into consideration for the alphabetical ordering? I am asking because I was a little confused about the order of the solution to 1.17 in the organic textbook, 4-tert-Butyl-1,2-dimethylcyclohexane.
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