What are the E and Z isomers of 3-methyl-2-pentene?

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Oct 14, 2016


This can be written as #CH_3-CH=C(CH_3)-CH_2-CH_3#


Now there are two possible isomers, because the #=# is inflexible:

The Z-isomer where the stuff left of the #=# is at the same side of the #C=C# as the stuff on the right, so both down or both up (from German Zusammen=together).
The E-isomer where they are on opposite sides (from Entgegen=opposite).

Note: They are also called cis- (Z) and trans- (E).