What do the dashed lines represent in Bond Line Views?
There are no dashed lines in bond-line views.
But there are dashed lines in wedge-dash views.
For example, the wedge-dash view of one isomer of 3-methylpentan-2-ol is
In wedge-dash notation,
- bonds in the plane of the page are drawn as lines
- bonds coming towards the viewer, out of the paper, are drawn as wedges, with the wide part closest to the viewer.
- bonds going away from the viewer, behind the paper, are drawn as dashes, with the wide end furthest from the viewer.
- the "points" of the wedges and dashes are always joined to the atom in the plane of the paper,
In the structure above, the