Stereoselective Reaction of Acylic Alkenes

Enolate alkylation - Allylic strain

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The only low energy conformation is the one with hydrogen eclipsing the double bond. The alkylation occurs via the less hindered face, with a stereoselectivity of 95%. Examine the interactive energy diagram for the starting enolate.