Cyclohexane - Equivalent Chairs

Everyone draws their chairs different. How do you know if yours is right? 

Determining Which Chairs are Equivalent

There’s only 3 things that you have to keep track of when you draw a chair.

  • Distance between groups
  • Cis vs. Trans
  • Equatorial Preference (determines conformers)

As long as these factors are the same between chairs, they are the same, regardless of what they look like!

Example: Determine if the following pair of chairs are identical, conformers or different.

2m

Example: Determine if the following pair of chairs are identical, conformers or different.

3m