How would you describe the molecule shown below?

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1 Answer
Jul 26, 2016

Answer:

Th IUPAC nanr for this is 2,2-dimethylpropane. Kt's more conmonly called neopentane.

Explanation:

Propane in the IUPAC name comes from the longest chsin being three carbon atoms like propane (#"C"_3"H"_8#). 2,2-dimethyl means two methyl groups are added to the middle (#2) carbon in the chain. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neopentane.