Van der Waals strain

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In chemistry van der Waals strain is strain resulting from van der Waals repulsion when two substituents in a molecule approach each other with a distance less than the sum of their van der Waals radii. Van der Waals strain is also called van der Waals repulsion and related to steric hindrance.[1] One of the most common forms of this strain is eclipsing hydrogen, in Alkanes.

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  1. Organic chemistry 4th. Ed., Morrison and Boyd ISBN 0-205-05838-8