Cyclohexane molecule (boat form)

Cyclohexane molecule (boat form)

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Caption: Cyclohexane. Computer graphics representation of a molecule of cyclohexane (chemical formula C6H12), shown in its boat conformational form. Six carbon atoms (yellow) are arranged hexagonally; hydrogen atoms (white) include one off lower frame. A planar hexagon, however, would require a carbon- carbon (C-C) bond angle of 120 degrees, resulting in a highly strained form. Through rotation about the C-C bond, cyclohexane is able to exist in two "puckered" forms which are completely free from strain, known as chair and boat conformations. Cyclohexane exists predominantly in the chair form as this corresponds to a lower (more stable) energy value. Compare A705/017 showing chair form.

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Keywords: boat form, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, conformation, cyclohexane, hydrocarbon, hydrocarbons, molecular graphic, molecule molecules, organic

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