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!!!

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youngdoc88

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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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biostudent101

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so the amount of product including stereoisomers that is produced is a total of 6?