Ch. 8 - Elimination ReactionsSee all chapters
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Ch. 1 - A Review of General Chemistry
Ch. 2 - Molecular Representations
Ch. 3 - Acids and Bases
Ch. 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
Ch. 5 - Chirality
Ch. 6 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Ch. 7 - Substitution Reactions
Ch. 8 - Elimination Reactions
Ch. 9 - Alkenes and Alkynes
Ch. 10 - Addition Reactions
Ch. 11 - Radical Reactions
Ch. 12 - Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides and Thiols
Ch. 13 - Alcohols and Carbonyl Compounds
Ch. 14 - Synthetic Techniques
Ch. 15 - Analytical Techniques: IR, NMR, Mass Spect
Ch. 16 - Conjugated Systems
Ch. 17 - Aromaticity
Ch. 18 - Reactions of Aromatics: EAS and Beyond
Ch. 19 - Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition
Ch. 20 - Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: NAS
Ch. 21 - Enolate Chemistry: Reactions at the Alpha-Carbon
Ch. 22 - Condensation Chemistry
Ch. 23 - Amines
Ch. 24 - Carbohydrates
Ch. 25 - Phenols
Ch. 26 - Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

In order to predict E2 products, we’ll have to get good at recognizing how many different and eligible β-hydrogens exist.

Recognizing Different Beta-Carbons

Elimination reactions remove β-hydrogens to create double bonds.

  • The number of non-equivalent β-carbons with at least one -H determines the number of possible products.

Concept #1: The number of unique β-carbons helps predict the number of possible products. 

For the following molecules, identify the number of unique products that could be obtained through elimination.

Example #1: Identify the number of unique products that could be obtained through elimination. 

Example #2: Identify the number of unique products that could be obtained through elimination. 

Example #3: Identify the number of unique products that could be obtained through elimination. 

Example #4: Identify the number of unique products that could be obtained through elimination.