E/Z Isomerism

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  • Carbon atoms in a C=C double bond and other atoms all lie in the same plane (planar)
  • Atoms can't rotate around the double bond because of the way the p orbitals overlap to form a pi bond. Double bonds are fairly rigid, they don't bend much either.
  • Even though atoms can't rotate around the double bond, things can still rotate around any single bonds in the molecule
  • The restricted rotation around the double bond is…

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