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upto what level is the capability of a molecule so that it won't have sterric hindrence?on what factors does it depend?

upto what level is the capability of a molecule so that it won't have sterric hindrence?on what factors does it depend?


 

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SAGAR SINGH - IIT DELHI
879 Points
10 years ago

Dear srikanth,

Steric hindrance or steric resistance occurs when the size of groups within a molecule prevents chemical reactions that are observed in related smaller molecules. Although steric hindrance is sometimes a problem, it can also be a very useful tool, and is often exploited by chemists to change the reactivity pattern of a molecule by stopping unwanted side-reactions (steric protection). Steric hindrance between adjacent groups can also restrict torsional bond angles. However, hyperconjugation has been suggested as an explanation for the preference of the staggered conformation of ethane because the steric hindrance of the small hydrogen atom is far too small.

 

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