Using the coordinate data from the solution to Question “Methane Molecular Structure Analysis, and so find the coordinates for the carbon and hydrogen atoms in ethane for the eclipsed and staggered conformations. The C-C bond length is 1.541 A and C-H bond distance is 1.091 A as above and all bond angles are tetrahedraL You may find it helpful in each case to make a molecular model and consider the symmetry relationships between corresponding atoms in each of the structures.

**Solution**

The C-C bond length is 1.541 A and C-H bond length is 1.091 A and all bond angles are tetrahedral 109.47°. For the eclipsed conformation the coordinates of C^{1}, H^{1}, H^{2}, and H^{3} are similar to methane except the x coordinates are increased by 1.541 A/2 = 0.7705 A. The coordinates of C^{2}, H^{4}, H^{5}, and H^{1} are related to C^{1}, H^{1}, FP, and H^{3} by reflection in the mirror in the yz plane i.e. the x coordinates change sign.

The coordinates of C^{1}, C^{2}, H^{1}, H^{2}, and H^{3} of the staggered conformation of ethane are identical to those above in above Figure. The coordinates of H^{4}, H^{5}, and H^{6} are related to H^{1}, H^{2}, and H^{3} by inversion through the centre of symmetry, i.e. the coordinates of H^{4}, H^{5}, and H^{6} are the same as H^{1}, H^{2}, and H^{3} but with an inversion of their sign.

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