Cis and trans isomerization in cyclic alkenes

A topic for discovery using the results of molecular modeling

Susan E. Barrows, Thomas H. Eberlein

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Abstract

Creative use of commercially available molecular modeling software to illustrate important chemical concepts is growing in popularity. This paper outlines an activity in which students explore the fundamental reasons behind the unusual instability of the trans isomers in medium-sized cycloalkenes by using the results of molecular modeling. The distinctive features of the exercise lie in the discoveries the students are encouraged to make as they investigate and identify the specific sources of strain in cis versus trans cycloalkenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1529-1532
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume81
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004

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