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Conformation of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes

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Last updated: 29 Jan, 2011
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The different spatial arrangements that a molecule can form due to rotation about σ bonds are called conformations and hence conformational isomers or conformers. The study of the energy changes that occur during these rotations is called conformational analysis. This is important because the structure of a molecule can have a significant influence on the molecular properties, including dictating the outcome of a reaction. Although these ideas are developed for the simplest functional group, alkanes, the same principles can be expanded and applied to other functional groups.

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