Problem: Which of these structures has the most torsional (eclipsing) strain?

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We are asked which of these structures has the most torsional (eclipsing) strain.


Torsional strain or eclipsing strain is the increase in the potential energy of a molecule due to repulsion between electrons in bonds that do not share an atom.


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Which of these structures has the most torsional (eclipsing) strain?

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