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