Problem: Draw the “ring-flip” conformers and the “flatland” line-angle formula for the following molecule. Indicate whether your newly drawn “ring-flip” conformer has “lower, higher, or equivalent” ground state energy compared to the reference molecule.

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We’re being asked to draw and compare the ring flip conformer for the given structure:



Recall that when doing a chair flip, groups in the equatorial position are switched to axial and vice-versa. However, the orientation of each group (up or down) remains the same.


Also recall that:

axial groups energy or  stability

• equatorial groups energy or  stability


For this problem, we need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Draw the chair flip for the given structure.

Step 2: Compare the energy and stability of the two conformers.

Step 3: Draw the line-angle formula for the compound.


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Draw the “ring-flip” conformers and the “flatland” line-angle formula for the following molecule. Indicate whether your newly drawn “ring-flip” conformer has “lower, higher, or equivalent” ground state energy compared to the reference molecule.

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