Equivalent H

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Kimberly Wagas 1H
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Equivalent H

Postby Kimberly Wagas 1H » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:18 pm

What are equivalent hydrogens and what is its significance in organic compounds? What exactly does it mean when "hydrogens are in the same chemical environment"?

Kajal Patel 3J
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Re: Equivalent H

Postby Kajal Patel 3J » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:26 pm

Equivalent H's are those that are in the same chemical environment. For example in CH3-CH2-CH3, the H's on the CH3's are both connected by a single bond to carbon which is also connected by a single bond to another carbon. The environment is basically how the bonds connect the atoms. In this case, the bonds for both CH3's are essentially equal, so the H's are equivalent.

Nivi Ahlawat 3I
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Re: Equivalent H

Postby Nivi Ahlawat 3I » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:48 am

Also, in the example above the carbons can be considered equivalent as well.


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