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Chapter 7 Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity. 7.2 Calculating Degree of Unsaturation. Relates molecular formula to possible structures Degree of unsaturation : number of multiple bonds or rings Formula for a saturated acyclic compound is C n H 2n+2

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Chapter 7 alkenes structure and reactivity

Chapter 7Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity


7 2 calculating degree of unsaturation

7.2 Calculating Degree of Unsaturation

  • Relates molecular formula to possible structures

  • Degree of unsaturation: number of multiple bonds or rings

  • Formula for a saturated acyclic compound is CnH2n+2

  • Alkene has fewer hydrogens than an alkane with the same number of carbons —CnH2n because of double bond

  • Each ring or multiple bond replaces 2 H's


Example c 6 h 10

Example: C6H10

  • Saturated is C6H14

    • therefore 4 H's are not present

  • This has two degrees of unsaturation

    • Two double bonds?

    • or triple bond?

    • or two rings?

    • or ring and double bond?


Degree of unsaturation with other elements

Degree of Unsaturation With Other Elements

  • Organohalogens (X: F, Cl, Br, I)

    • Halogen replaces hydrogen

  • C4H6Br2 and C4H8 have one degree of unsaturation


  • Degree of unsaturation continued

    Degree of Unsaturation (Continued)

    • Organoxygen compounds (C,H,O) – Oxygen forms 2 bonds

      • these don't affect the formula of equivalent hydrocarbons

      • May be ignored in calculating degrees of unsaturation


    Organonitrogen compounds

    Organonitrogen Compounds

    • Nitrogen has three bonds

      • So if it connects where H was, it adds a connection point

      • Subtract one H for equivalent degree of unsaturation in hydrocarbon


    Summary degree of unsaturation

    Summary - Degree of Unsaturation

    • Count pairs of H's below CnH2n+2

    • Add number of halogens to number of H's (X equivalent to H)

    • Ignore oxygens (oxygen links H)

    • Subtract N's - they have two connections


    7 4 cis trans isomerism in alkenes

    7.4 Cis-Trans Isomerism in Alkenes

    • Carbon atoms in a double bond are sp2-hybridized

      • Three equivalent orbitals at 120º separation in plane

      • Fourth orbital is atomic p orbital

    • Combination of electrons in two sp2 orbitals of two atoms forms  bond between them

    • Additive interaction of p orbitals creates a  bonding orbital

      • Subtractive interaction creates a  anti-bonding orbital

    • Occupied  orbital prevents rotation about -bond

    • Rotation prevented by  bond - high barrier, about 268 kJ/mole in ethylene


    Cis trans isomerism in alkenes continued

    Cis-Trans Isomerism in Alkenes (Continued)

    • Rotation of  bond is prohibitive

    • This prevents rotation about a carbon-carbon double bond (unlike a carbon-carbon single bond).

    • Creates possible alternative structures


    Cis trans isomerism in alkenes continued1

    Cis-Trans Isomerism in Alkenes (Continued)

    • the presence of a carbon-carbon double bond can create two possible structures

      • cis isomer - two similar groups on same side of the double bond

      • trans isomer - similar groups on opposite sides

    • Each carbon must have two different groups for these isomers to occur


    Cis trans isomerism in alkenes continued2

    Cis-Trans Isomerism in Alkenes (Continued)

    • Cis-Trans Isomerization requires that end groups differ in pairs

    • Bottom pair cannot be superposed without breaking C=C


    7 5 alkene stereochemistry and the e z designation

    7.5 Alkene Stereochemistry and the E,Z Designation

    • Cis-Trans naming system discussed thus far only works with disubstituted alkenes

    • Tri- and Tetra substituted double bonds require more general method

    • Method referred to as the E,Z system


    Alkene stereochemistry and the e z designation continued e z stereochemical nomenclature

    Alkene Stereochemistry and the E,Z Designation (Continued): E,Z Stereochemical Nomenclature

    • Priority rules of Cahn, Ingold, and Prelog

    • Compare where higher priority groups are with respect to bond and designate as prefix

    • E -entgegen, opposite sides

    • Z - zusammen, together on the same side


    Alkene stereochemistry and the e z designation continued cahn ingold prelog rules

    Alkene Stereochemistry and the E,Z Designation (Continued): Cahn-Ingold-Prelog Rules

    RULE 1

    • Must rank atoms that are connected at comparison point

    • Higher atomic number gets higher priority

      • Br > Cl > S > P > O > N > C > H


    Alkene stereochemistry and the e z designation continued cahn ingold prelog rules1

    Alkene Stereochemistry and the E,Z Designation (Continued): Cahn-Ingold-Prelog Rules

    RULE 2

    • If atomic numbers are the same, compare at next connection point at same distance

    • Compare until something has higher atomic number

    • Do not combine – always compare


    Alkene stereochemistry and the e z designation continued cahn ingold prelog rules2

    Alkene Stereochemistry and the E,Z Designation (Continued): Cahn-Ingold-Prelog Rules

    RULE 3

    • Multiple-bonded atoms are equivalent to the same number of single-bonded atoms

    • Substituent is drawn with connections shown and no double or triple bonds

    • Added atoms are valued with 0 ligands themselves


    7 6 stability of alkenes

    7.6 Stability of Alkenes

    • Cis alkenes are less stable than trans alkenes

    • Compare heat given off on hydrogenation: Ho

    • Less stable isomer is higher in energy

      • And gives off more heat

      • hyperconjugation of R groups stabilize the pi bond


    Effects of increasing alkene substitution

    Effects of Increasing Alkene Substitution

    • Increasing substitution on alkene carbon atoms increases stability.

    • This will become very important when we begin to look at possible products resulting from elimination reactions.


    Stability of alkenes continued hyperconjugation

    Stability of Alkenes (Continued): Hyperconjugation

    • Electrons in neighboring filled  orbital stabilize vacant antibonding  orbital – net positive interaction

    • Alkyl groups are better than H


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