Textbook: Loudon 5th Ed. (2009)

Chapter 2: Alkanes

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Problem # 320


Let's perform conformational analysis on 2-methylbutane along the C2-C3 bond. We'll use the energy chart given below.


First, draw out the Newman projections along the C2-C3 bond, rotating the front carbon (C-2) by 60 degrees clockwise each time while keeping the back carbon (C-3) stationary.

According to the table above, how much energy does each conformation "cost?"


Second, make a plot of the total energy value for each Newman projection versus its dihedral angle.