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JAER > Volume 6, Number 1, February 2021

Drawing Methods for Lowest Energy Boat and Pentane Conformations

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2021.61001

Author(s)
Syed R. Hussaini, Jim Secka
Affiliation(s)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104, United States
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104, United States
Abstract
Pentane and boat conformations help predict and understand the stereochemical outcome of several chemical reactions. This report presents two methods that teach the processes of drawing the lowest energy boat conformations and pentane conformations. Both techniques use cyclohexane drawings that students learn in undergraduate organic chemistry courses. We provide step-by-step instructions for both techniques and show that implementing these methods results in improved student performance in questions related to boat and pentane conformations.
Keywords
upper-division undergraduate, graduate education, boat conformation, pentane conformations, syn-pentane interactions.
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