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Below is the question I am trying to answer. I think after much debate, I may have it. Does anyone know if I am close to being right?


Does cis and trans isomeric compounds display different properties? Why?

Cis means on the same side and trans means on the opposite side. Cis Isomeric compounds are different from trans isomeric compounds because trans isomers are more stable. This is because the large groups attached to the double bond are further apart.

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    I think you have answered the question of the difference between cis and trans compounds but you haven't answered if they have different properties and why and that is the question.

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    Cis means on the same side and trans means on the opposite side. The atoms are on the same side as the double bond. Cis Isomeric compounds are different from trans isomeric compounds because trans isomers are more stable. Trans isomer are on the opposite sides of the double bond. This is because the large groups attached to the double bond are further apart.

  • Chemistry - ,

    We KNOW cis isomers are different from trans isomers and we know it's because the atoms are on the same side in cis and opposite sides in trans. There is nothing wrong with saying what you have said; however, your answer begs the question. I THINK what the question is after is that the cis/trans isomers have different melting points, different boiling points, and different chemical reactions. THAT is what the question means when it asks if they have different PROPERTIES. So yes, they have different chemical properties as well as different physical properties. Then your answers explain, with some additional work, WHY they have different properties.

  • Chemistry - ,

    Cis means on the same side and trans means on the opposite side. The atoms are on the same side as the double bond. Cis Isomeric compounds are different from trans isomeric compounds because trans isomers are more stable. Trans isomer are on the opposite sides of the double bond. This is because the large groups attached to the double bond are further apart.

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