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Fluorene Is A Horribly Named Molecule

Discussion in 'General' started by I Just Write, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. I Just Write

    I Just Write Plural System of Eight

    Jul 21, 2020
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    And now a brief Chemistry Rant.

    Fluorene is the worst-named hydrocarbon ever. It is pronounced and spelled almost identically to Fluorine, the infamously reactive halogen. And yet, Fluorene contains not even a single atom of Fluorine, which could perhaps have justified the similar names. Instead it's literally just two Benzene rings glued together at a couple of places, with an extra CH2 to bridge the larger gap between rings. I can think of no possible reason for Fluorene to have the name it does other than confusing chemistry students, and I demand that this senseless ambiguity be resolved immediately by renaming Fluorene to something sensible like (2-linked)Biphenylmethane.

    Even if that was a very half-assed name by IUPAC standards, it at the very least avoids the issue of being confused for an element, unlike what happens when (2-linked)Biphenylmethane is referred to by its current name of Fluorene. There is no sensible reason to persist in this horrendous excuse for a chemical misnaming, and it must be resolved immediately before more young chemists are lead astray.

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