Is the correct name for the following structure 3-tert-butylhexane or 3-ethyl-2,2-dimethylhexane?
I think it is 3-tert-butylhexane, but the textbook says it is 3-ethyl-2,2-dimethylhexane. Can someone please explain?
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According to IUPAC (source):
2.6 - If chains of equal length are competing for selection as main chain in a saturated branched acyclic hydrocarbon, then the choice goes in series to:
(a) The chain which has the greatest number of side chains.
Therefore the correct name is 3-ethyl-2,2-dimethylhexane as opposed to 3-tert-butylhexane because the former has more side chains.