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    When you try to find out which is the major product, do you just see which hydrogens are directly bonded to the carbon or do you take account of alkyl groups attached to the carbon as well?

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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    When you try to find out which is the major product, do you just see which hydrogens are directly bonded to the carbon or do you take account of alkyl groups attached to the carbon as well?

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    Well I mean, it's both really.

    Markovnikov's rule can be stated as "the hydrogen adds to the carbon stereocenter which has the more hydrogen atoms attached"

    Or is can be also stated as "the hydrogen adds to the carbon stereocenter which has the least alkyl groups attached"

    So really, you can take into account one, or the other, or both.



    e.g. the right carbon has the most hydrogens so hydrogen will add to that carbon.
    the middle carbon has the more alkyl groups, so bromine will add to that carbon.
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    (Original post by RMNDK)
    Well I mean, it's both really.

    Markovnikov's rule can be stated as "the hydrogen adds to the carbon stereocenter which has the more hydrogen atoms attached"

    Or is can be also stated as "the hydrogen adds to the carbon stereocenter which has the least alkyl groups attached"

    So really, you can take into account one, or the other, or both.



    e.g. the right carbon has the most hydrogens so hydrogen will add to that carbon.
    the middle carbon has the more alkyl groups, so bromine will add to that carbon.
    I get it. Cheers for that
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