Identifying Cis/Trans and Z/E Molecules

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Elina Vanuska 2B
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Identifying Cis/Trans and Z/E Molecules

Postby Elina Vanuska 2B » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:35 pm

I have a general question regarding cis/trans and Z/e notation.

Does the cis/trans naming only occur in molecules with its longest chain being pentene? Or could there be situations where the molecule is larger than 5 carbons and the cis/trans/Z/E notation is used?

Thank you!

Richmund Tan 1L
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Re: Identifying Cis/Trans and Z/E Molecules

Postby Richmund Tan 1L » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:55 pm

Cis/trans are applicable to molecules with double bonds as you cannot rotate double bonds without breaking them. Naming can occur in a multitude of molecules, such as butane. Therefore, you are not just limited to pentene.


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