Tert vs. Neo?

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Posts: 55
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:00 pm

Tert vs. Neo?

Postby Alyssa_Hsu_2K » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:04 am

I know that tert is when the first carbon of the substituent is a tertiary carbon, and neo is when all but two carbons deviate from continuous chain.

If this is the case, doesn't it mean that tert and neo can be used interchangeably?

Posts: 23
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:00 am

Re: Tert vs. Neo?

Postby Sangita_Sub_3H » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:14 am

However, neo can only be used for pentane and up while tert can apply to butane.

Posts: 27
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:02 am
Been upvoted: 1 time

Re: Tert vs. Neo?

Postby edward_qiao_3I » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:24 am

Not necessarily - tert is used for when the first Carbon, the Carbon attached to the R-group, we'll say, is attached to three other carbons. Neo is used specifically for a tail end Carbon that is connected to three other carbons.

Posts: 25
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:00 am

Re: Tert vs. Neo?

Postby nicoleclarke_lec1M » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:47 am

the way I learned it was that tert applied to 4 or less carbons, and neo applied to 5 or more.

Dianna Grigorian 1C
Posts: 72
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:55 pm

Re: Tert vs. Neo?

Postby Dianna Grigorian 1C » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:57 pm

Both "tert" and "neo" are prefixes that apply to the structural arrangement of the subsistent bonded to the carbon atom. However, I think the difference between the two is that tert refers to the plus-like shape that has four carbons, whereas neo is used when there are 5 or more carbons attached.

Return to “*Alkanes”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest