Which isomer of #C_5H_12# will give ONE chloroalkane upon treatment with one equiv chlorine gas?

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Oct 26, 2015

Answer:

Neopentane will give only the 1 halogenation product.

Explanation:

#H_3C-C(CH_3)_3 + X_2 rarr (X)H_2C-C(CH_3)_3 + H-X#.

All of the methyl groups of neopentane are equivalent, and will give equivalent products on susbtitution. Cyclopentane will likewise give only the 1 substitution product, however, this formula is #C_5H_10# not #C_5H_12#.

How should neopentane be named systematically?