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When naming chemical compounds, there are a myriad of correct names that accurately describe the structure. N-methyl-3-phenyl-3-[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]propan-1-amine, fluoxetine, or Prozac—they can all be interpreted as the same compound. But is there a “more correct” name? There wasn’t, until recently…

The nomenclature rules for organic compounds set by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) committee (http://www.iupac.org/) do offer flexibility in some areas especially in cases where old publications have old terms. Below are some examples. The answers for the structures, as based on the IUPAC nomenclature rules, are listed below. Some links...

Following a successful attempt at solving an unknown, the next step may be to determine a name for the novel compound. The nomenclature rules for organic compounds are set in place by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) committee (http://www.iupac.org/). For the following compounds, which names adhere to the IUPAC nomenclature rules?