naming compounds

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naming compounds

Postby Rachael_1H » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:03 pm

How do you know what to capitalize when naming compounds? For example, 4-tert-Butyl-1,2-dimethylcyclohexane has a capitol "B" in "Butyl" but not a capitola "M" for "methyl". Why? When do you and do you not capitalize?

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Re: naming compounds

Postby Prina Patel 1H » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:52 pm

They capitalized the B because its the first one in the name of the compound. Think of it like a sentence, you always capitalize the first letter. Likewise in the name you capitalize the first letter of the "sentence" (AKA compound). Notice you don't capitalize prefixes.

IF the compound was only called 2-dimethylcyclohexane, then you would capitalize the M. SO the names is 2diMethylcyclohexane.

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