Problem: Which of these structures has the most steric strain?a) 1,1-dimethylcyclobutaneb) 1,1,3,3,5,5-hexamethylcyclohexanec) staggered butane

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  • steric stain → occurs due to interaction of substituents 
  • bulky groups in close contact with other substituent causes instability due to overcrowding
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Which of these structures has the most steric strain?

a) 1,1-dimethylcyclobutane

b) 1,1,3,3,5,5-hexamethylcyclohexane

c) staggered butane