biostudent101

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hi,

when 2-methylbutane is chlorinated, how many stereoisomers does it have, is it 5?

when octane is chlorianated how many stereoisomers does it have?

i am so confused!!!

Thanks in advance.
 

youngdoc88

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Jul 18, 2009
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As opposed to bromination, chlorination is much more rapid and because of this, stable radical formation isn't really important. All the carbons in the structure will be chlorinated, but only two will be steric centers - C-2, C-3. Therefore, the new product will have an n=2, and 2^2= 4 stereoisomers.
 
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