Tert-Butyl vs Isobutyl

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Tert-Butyl vs Isobutyl

Postby jonathanshi_1A » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:52 pm

On page 96 of the course reader, there is a butyl substituent on the cyclohexane base. I was wondering why it is called tert-butyl instead of isobutyl. I know that the neo- prefix is only for 5 carbons and up, but I thought iso- was used for 4 carbons and down.

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Re: Tert-Butyl vs Isobutyl

Postby Monica Habashy 3A » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:53 pm

iso is used for the general shape of (CH3)2CH, tert is when you have a T shape made up of carbon atoms.


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