E/Z isomerism

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  • E/Z Isomerism
    • Trans = E
      • The isomer that has two of the same group on opposite sides of the double bond is called the trans OR E isomer.
    • Cis = Z
      • The isomer that has two of the same group on the same side of the double bond is called the cis OR Z isomer.
    • E/Z isomers have a lack of free rotation around the double bond
      • There are also 2 different groups attached to the C=C.
    • Cis-trans notation can be used for simple molecules whereas E/Z notation works for both simple and complex molecules.

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