structural formula for 2,2-Dimethylbutane

Yinhan_Liu_1D
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structural formula for 2,2-Dimethylbutane

On our green textbook, page 10, the structural formula is given as (CH3)3CCH2CH3.

I am wondering, given the line structure on the side, could the structural formula also be CH3C(CH3)2CH2CH3?

If not, why?

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Re: structural formula for 2,2-Dimethylbutane

Your formula basically split up the trimethyl portion from (CH3)3 to CH3..(CH3)2. It would be much more concise to keep it as (CH3)3.