tert and sec substituents

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tert and sec substituents

Postby Gabrielle Schwab 1G » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:44 pm

Can someone help me with tert and sec substituents? I'm having trouble identifying and drawing them.

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Re: tert and sec substituents

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:44 pm

Sec- means there is a methyl on the carbon adjacent to the point of attachment. You can visualize it as a substituent having "two toes" and that is growing out of one of the toes.

Tert- means two methyl groups on the carbon adjacent to the point of attachment. It is like a substituent that has "three toes" and is growing out of the center toe.


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