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Casey Collet 1I wrote:For problem number 1.17, would it be wrong to use the common name "neo" instead of using "tert"? Would one be preferred over the other or does the common name neo not even work for this example?
Neo only applies to alkyl substituents with 5 or more carbons. The neo prefix signifies a quaternary carbon which cannot exist in a butyl substituent. The Tert prefix signifies that the butyl group has a tertiary carbon.
martha-1I wrote:Oh yes! I was taking into account the carbon that was connecting it to the ring, which is not the right way to count the carbons on the substituent . Thank you for the clarification.
Correct! Be careful not to include carbons from you parent chain in your substituents when naming compounds.
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