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Chapter 7 Cyclic Compounds. Stereochemistry of Reactions.

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1 Chapter 7 Cyclic Compounds. Stereochemistry of Reactions

2 Monocyclic Compounds Compounds containing a single ring Relative stabilities are determined from heats of formation (  H f °) All have the same empirical formula: CH 2 Thus, stabilities can be readily compared on a per carbon basis Relative Stabilities of the Monocyclic Alkanes

3 Cycloalkane Heats of Formation per CH Relative Stabilities of the Monocyclic Alkanes

4 Strain Theory Cycloalkanes encounter three types of strain: – Angle Strain – Torsional Strain – Steric Strain 4

5 Angle Strain Angle strain: strain due to expansion or compression of bond angles – Recall: tetrahedral C likes bond angles of 109.5° 5

6 Torsional Strain Torsional Strain: strain due to eclipsing bonds on neighboring atom Neighboring C-H bonds eclipse each other in cyclopropane 6

7 Steric Strain Steric Strain: strain due to repulsive interactions due to atoms that approach each other too closely – Occurs between non-bonded atoms 7

8 Cyclopropane Planar structure Bond angles of 60° – Requires that sp 3 based bonds are bent Angle Strain! Bent bonds = weak bonds All C-H bonds are eclipsed – Torstional strain! 8

9 Cyclobutane Less angle strain than cyclopropane More torsional strain – larger number of ring hydrogens Slightly bent out of plane – One carbon atom is about 25° above – Increases angle strain but decreases torsional strain 9

10 Cyclopentane Conformations of cyclopentane are nonplanar – reduces torsional strain – Planar cyclopentane would have almost no angle strain but very high torsional strain Envelope – Four carbon atoms plane – The fifth carbon atom is above or below the plane 10

11 Cyclohexane Adopts a non-planar, puckered conformation – Chair conformation Free of angle strain and torsional strain – Very stable! – Same stability as a typical unbranched alkane 11

12 Cyclohexane Prevalent in many naturally occurring organic compounds 12 Menthol Morphine

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14 The Chair Conformation 14

15 Drawing Cyclohexane 15

16 Problems Practice drawing both chair conformations of cyclohexane 16

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18 Adding the Hydrogens 18

19 Conformational Mobility of Cyclohexane Chair conformations readily interconvert, resulting in the exchange of axial and equatorial positions by a ring-flip 19

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23 Relative Enthalpies Conformations of Cyclohexane


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