Problem: The following chart describes the relationship between potential energy and torsional angle in butane (the torsional angle being measured about the C2-C3 bond). Identify the labeled maxima or minima as representing fully eclipsed, gauche or anti conformer energies. NOTE: "anti" or "trans" have the same definition: the groups are away from each other at a 180° angle.

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The following chart describes the relationship between potential energy and torsional angle in butane (the torsional angle being measured about the C2-C3 bond). Identify the labeled maxima or minima as representing fully eclipsed, gauche or anti conformer energies. NOTE: "anti" or "trans" have the same definition: the groups are away from each other at a 180° angle.

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