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

Feb 10, 2018

Does not the hydroxyl substituent take priority?

#### Explanation:

This is an alcohol derivative...the ipso carbon attached to $O H$...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...