2
$\begingroup$

I don't understand question 6, although I took notes and the professor mentioned an explanation in class.

Can someone please help using easier terms?

enter image description here

$\endgroup$
1
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I took the liberty to change the title of your question. Please note that the reaction is named after Otto Diels and Kurt Alder. There's no 's in here. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2014 at 9:01

1 Answer 1

2
$\begingroup$

a) The compound can rotate into a trans configuration that is not suitable for Diels Alder

b) The compound is locked into a cis configuration that is favorable. Furthermore, a carbon group is slightly electron donating

c) The compound has an electron withdrawing group.

d) What compound is that? It's compounds labelled b) and c)

Comment: Normal demand Diels Alder is enhanced by an electron withdrawing group in the dienophile and an electron donating group in the diene. Look at reaction mechanism tab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diels%E2%80%93Alder_reaction)

I am not sure as to why that is. I have forgotten.

$\endgroup$
1
  • $\begingroup$ Does c) react slower than a) ? $\endgroup$
    – laminin
    May 11, 2015 at 21:03

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.