Numbering

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Nicole Gamboa 2M
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Numbering

Postby Nicole Gamboa 2M » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:59 pm

Hi All,
When you are numbering, why do you always need to start at one of the ends for an alkane? If the alkane has side chains that would have a lowering number system, why can't you start numbering on the side chain?
Thanks!

kane_jajieh_3F
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Re: Numbering

Postby kane_jajieh_3F » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:50 pm

if you started numbering on the side chain you would et a different name for the molecule. Starting the numbering with the longest chain just provides scientists a basic and standard way to name these molecules

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Re: Numbering

Postby kane_jajieh_3F » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:51 pm

And if you started numbering on the side chains you would have to devise a whole new way of naming compounds to keep all the names standard


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