Molecular Modeling Lab

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Introduction to Microscale Laboratory – Prelab Instructions Read pages 1-12 in your lab manual and follow the prelab report format for the procedures in lab exercises 1 & 2 (pp.9-11) . This written work must be done in your lab notebook and must be completed before coming to the lab. Molecular Modeling Print this handout and bring it to the lab with you. You do not need to do any prelab work for the molecular modeling part of the lab. Answer these questions in your lab notebook in the post lab question section of your lab report. You may work together to build the models. There are many organic substances that have identical molecular formulas but are completely different compounds. Consider the molecular formula C2H6O. There are two compounds that correspond to this formula: ethyl alcohol and dimethyl ether. While the molecular formula gives no clue as to which compound one may be referring, examination of the structural formula immediately reveals a different arrangement of atoms for these substances. Compounds that have the same molecular formula but different structural formulas are termed isomers. In this lab exercise, you will determine the different isomers for various alkane (CnH2n+2) molecules. For each question, you will be asked to provide the structural formula, the condensed formula, and the IUPAC name. Structural Formula: H H │ │ H ─ C ── C ─ O ─ H │ │ H H Condensed Formula: CH3CH2OH IUPAC name: Ethanol H H │ │ H ─ C ─── O ─── C ─ H │ │ H H

CH3OCH3 methoxymethane

PROCEDURE: Construct models of the alkane molecules as directed below and identify all the possible isomers. Use two black U pieces to form the sp3 carbon atom, a white ball for hydrogen, and a green ball for chlorine. Hint: the number in parenthesis for each question represents the number of isomers for each compound. Answer all questions in your lab notebook A. Methane (CH4) Construct a model of methane. Place the model on the desk top and note the symmetry of the molecule. Note...
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