Talk:Zaitsev's rule

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The rewrite/Wikification was completed on 13 May 2012. Please feel free to make comments on the changes and add/delete content as you see fit. Ckalnmals (talk) 22:04, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

I am currently working on Wikifying this page. I plan to add a lot of additional content regarding exceptions to Zaitsev's rule due to steric issues, as well as due to stereochemical restraints in the starting material. I also plan to add several new figures. If anyone is interested in joining me, please feel free to do so. I plan to be posting the new content within the next several days. User:Ckalnmals 04:48, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

I added information about the Hofmann product that could potential form. Andrew4010 20:26, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

β-carbon[edit]

Little question. Isn't the "β-carbon" the second carbon that attaches to a functional group (the carbon is attached at the second, or beta, position). In 2-iodobutane, being the 2-iodine the functional group, isn't the "α-carbon" the carbon-3 and the "β-carbon" the carbon-4? What am I missing here?--Spmoura (talk) 19:42, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Hello Spmoura. Gosh, no reply to your query in nearly 4 years! In response to your query, it all depends on what a 'functional group' is. The text in the article is correct. In this particular case the 'functional group' in 2-iodobutane is simply the iodine atom (the leaving group) itself; it has nothing to do with the carbon atom C-2 to which it is attached. So, in this case, the α carbon is the carbon to which our 'functional group' (the iodine atom) is attached; i.e., it's C-2. Consequently the two β carbons are those next to the α carbon; i.e., they're C-1 and C-3 in this case. Hope this helps. RaynesParkGuy (talk) 09:41, 16 April 2016 (UTC)