Hey men I'm having actually trouble knowledge the distinctive signals on a couple of molecules.

You are watching: Cis-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane

For trans-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane, the price in my book says it has actually 3 signals.

For cis-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane it has actually 4 signals with the H's top top C3 gift counted together two different signals which I would I guess is due to the fact that they space diastereotopic hydrogens.

Why wouldn't the H's ~ above C3 because that trans-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane likewise be diastereotopic though, making the compound 4 signals?

Or rather...how room the H's top top C3 that cis-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane be diastereotopic at every if the other groups attached to C3 room the same? (C1 and C2).

Hard to explain what I mean over paper but probably someone just provided an explanation for how they contain these signals would certainly clear it up for me.

100% Upvoted
This subject is archived
New comments can not be posted and also votes cannot be cast
Sort by: best


level 1
· 4y · edited 4y
BSc Chemistry
imagine the molecule in 3D.

i drew it because that you as best as i conveniently could, but its important to realise the H atoms are actually behind eachother.:


I significant one H with a plus and also another with a minus. This is no their charge but a means to determine them for now as i had no proper drawing tool obtainable to offer them numbers.

now if you look in ~ it you view that because that the cis version H+ is actually on the same side as both the the methyl substituents. This method it "feels" them rather well, together opposed come the H- i m sorry is top top the other side of the ring.

for trans, however, both hydrogens "feel" a adjoining methyl team equally, and the peaks will overlap.

if friend replace one of the methyl groups by anything rather though, the H atoms have to again end up different from eachother, castle still room diastereotopic in the regard. Their neighbourhood is just the same in this case.

level 1
· 4y

Why wouldn't the H's on C3 for trans-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane likewise be diastereotopic though, make the link 4 signals?

The test for diasterotopic proton is to merely replace among them v something - let's say a chlorine. Currently replace the other one in a different molecule. Space these two molecules identical? If you've done it for the trans-1,2-dimethylcylopropane, you'll find that you finish up through two molecule that's no distinguishable - revolve one 180 degree and you'll watch that it superimposes the other. Therefore the two protons are homotopic.

Likewise, carry out the very same exercise through the cis- isomer, and also you'll discover you get one molecule with a chlorine ~ above the same side the the ring together the methyl groups, and also one v the chlorine top top the opposite side - 2 diastereotopic protons.

level 2
Op · 4y · edited 4y

Okay im trying to monitor what y'all space saying here however I'm still pretty confused.

Isn't cis-1,2-dimethylcyclopropane meso (because that symmetry)? so if you replaced one of the H's with a Cl wouldn't the molecule still it is in superimposable ~ above its winter image?

I assumed the trans molecule wasn't meso at the same time which would allow the H's to it is in diastereotopic..

See more: Red Rose With Falling Petals Falling Photos And Premium High Res Pictures

Continue this thread 

More write-ups from the chemhelp community
Continue browsing in r/chemhelp


Post your questions about chemistry, whether they're school associated or just out of general interest. Please perform not post entire difficulty sets or inquiries that girlfriend haven't attempted to answer yourself. Additionally please don't use this below to cheat on your exams!! This is apparently a thing currently that people are writing exams native home.



Created Nov 8, 2010


Top posts november 25th 2017Top short articles of november, 2017Top write-ups 2017
helpinter-base.net coinsinter-base.net premiuminter-base.net gifts
aboutcareerspressadvertiseblogTermsContent policyPrivacy policyMod policy
Back to Top