Conformational Analysis (19 min)

This tutorial introduces the concept of conformations of molecules, and how we can discuss the different shapes that molecules can assume using a type of drawing known as a Newman Projection. (Runtime = 18:58)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Recognize that all molecules have various conformations that they can assume.
• Draw Newman Projections for any molecule.
• Understand the terminology associated with conformational analysis.
• Determine relative energies for different conformations of a molecule.

Practice Problems
Here are some problems to get you started. You should first try each on a piece of paper. Then, place your cursor over the graphic and click on right arrow that appears to see the answer. The right and left arrows allow you to move back and forth between problems. Please note that these are not the only types of problems/questions that exist on this topic. Refer to your textbook and any problems your instructor provides you for more practice with this subject.

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