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If the cyclopentane ring were planar. as Baeyer had predicted. it would have essentially no angl e strain.. but it would have 10 pairs of eclipsed hydrogens. So cyclopentane puckers. allowing some of the hydrogens to become nearly staggered but. in the process. the molecule acquires some an~le strain. 1be puc kered fonn of cyclopcntane is called the em'elope conformation. because the shape of the ring resembles a squarish envelope with the flap up. What does "puckered" mean in this context?

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