Introduction to Organic Chemistry P8

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Maggie Chen 2A
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Introduction to Organic Chemistry P8

Postby Maggie Chen 2A » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:15 pm

The second example on page 8 gives the name 4-ethyl-2,2-dimethylhexane, but I was wondering why it is not 3-ethyl-5,5-dimethylhexane instead... Wouldn't the latter be preferred since 3<4?

Kaitlin Ross 3E
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Re: Introduction to Organic Chemistry P8

Postby Kaitlin Ross 3E » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:25 pm

4-ethyl-2,2-dimethylhexane is correct because 2<5 so this way of naming the compound would give you an overall lower number than 3-ethyl-5,5-dimethylhexane even though 3<4.


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