Newman projection que.

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    Well, I haven't started reviewing Organic Chem, but I know that a metal catalyzed hydrogenation is a syn-addition. Since it adds to the same side of the double bond I thought B would be the answer.

    C. is more stable since the CH3 are trans to each other making it more stable and the D are also trans. While in B only the CH3 is trans, but not the D.

    So, I dno?


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    Jun 14, 2009
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      since you're now differentiating between H and D, the orientation of the bonds matter. You initially start out with cis-2-butene. Addition of D2 over metal catalyst adds these D's in a syn fashion. This leads to a specific orientation where, looking down the C2-C3 bond, the -C(1)H3 and -C(4)H3 are eclipsed, and the two new D's are eclipsed. This is not one of the answer choices, so you also have to take into account the fact that the C2-C3 bond can now freely rotate. You have to keep the same bond orientation, but if you rotate about C2-C3, you can get the answer shown in C. The incorrect answer given in B can be arrived at if the D's added in anti fashion.



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      Dec 22, 2009
        i just drew it out... so you have your cis-2-butene and after reduction i had the dueterium coming out at my on C2 and C3 and the C1 and C4 going away and then the hydrogen pointing down.

        so for newman's i just start by drawing C2 so if you're looking at the propellor then the methyl is at 10 o clock, the dueterium at 2 o clock and the hydrogen at 6 o clock. then you just rotate bond btw C2-C3 so that the substituents are on opposite sides (which is the case because rotating 180 ends up with the deuterium now going away from you and the methyl coming towards you.


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        Sep 2, 2009
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          Hey everyone.. I'm having trouble with this question. Answer choice B looks more like cis to me than does C. How do you approach this problem?

          First draw Cis-2-butene and reduce it with D2 (Syn-Addition).
          In converting a perspective drawing of a molecule into Newman projection, we keep the top section, and rotate the bottom section. Looking at C2, we have CH3 at Top, D at Left, H at Right. We rotate C3 180 degree, CH3 at Bottom, D at Right, H at Left. Which is Answer C.
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