Problem: Draw a structure for each alkane. 3-ethyl-3-methylpentane

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IUPAC Nomenclature: Locant-Substitutents-Root(Modifier)

Given: 3-ethyl-3-methylpentane

Root: pentane → 5-carbon chain

Modifier: –ane alkane

Substituents: 

  • 3-methyl CH3 group
    • Locants: CH3 at C3
  • 3-ethyl CH2CH3 group
    • Locants: CH2CH3 at C3


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Draw a structure for each alkane. 

3-ethyl-3-methylpentane

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