Problem: Draw the structure of maleic acid ((Z)-but-2-enedioic acid).

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Maleic acid is a common name for a dicarboxylic acid. However, we are given the IUPAC name which is more useful to give a better description of the structure. 


(Z)-but-2-enedioic acid

Root: but → 4 carbon alkane

Modifier: ene → alkene (double bond)

                       locant: 2 → Carbon 2

                       Stereochem: Z → priority groups on same side of the double bond

               dioic acid → carboxylic acids at both ends


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Draw the structure of maleic acid ((Z)-but-2-enedioic acid).

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