Newman projection of ethane

Conformations of ethane

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Ethane conformations

The two conformational energy diagrams shown above are staggered ethane and eclipsed ethane. The relative energies of each conformer are shown.

The staggered conformer is lower in energy than the eclipsed conformer.

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