Conformational Analysis of Cycloalkanes (29 min)

This tutorial applies the concept of conformational analysis to cycloalkanes, with particular attention to cyclohexane rings.  (Runtime = 28:53)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Understand the types of strain inherent in cyclopropanes, cyclobutanes, cyclopentanes, and cyclohexanes.
• Draw the chair conformers of cyclohexane. 
• Perform a chair-to-chair interconversion and draw the results of the interconversion.
• Predict the relative stability of the two chair conformations of a substituted cyclohexane ring.

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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