cis and trans preference

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Juliana Nghiem 3G
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cis and trans preference

Postby Juliana Nghiem 3G » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:16 pm

In lecture, we learned how cis s with the two higher charged molecules are on the same side whereas trans have the molecules on the opposite sides. Is there a preference in what formation the molecules are in or do both structures equally likely to be formed?

nickgonzalez 1j
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Re: cis and trans preference

Postby nickgonzalez 1j » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:02 am

In general, the trans isomer is more stable than the cis isomer. This means that the trans isomer is preferred as there is reduced steric interactions of the substituents in this configuration because molecules tend to obtain a more stable configuration when their atoms are distant from one another.

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