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When naming this structure, why would the name be 3-methylcyclohexanol and not 1-methyl-3-cyclohexanol? Thank you!

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1 Answer
Feb 10, 2018


Does not the hydroxyl substituent take priority?


This is an alcohol derivative...the ipso carbon attached to #OH#...is the NUMBER ONE CARBON. And the methyl group takes NUMBER THREE position on the ring. And note that this compound could potentially generate a number of diastereomers given that #C_1# and #C_3# are stereogenic, i.e. bound to 4 different residues.... Substituent ordering takes place on the basis of the atomic number, #Z#, of the substituent...