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What is the general structure for the amine group, and where is the heteroatom in the structure?

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Heteroatom is any atom in the structure that is not carbon or hydrogen. It is typically, but not exclusively, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, phosphorus, boron, chlorine, bromine, or iodine.

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The general structure of an amine group is:

H     R

N

H

You would draw lines from the H to the N and from the R to the N and from the N straight to the other H. The heteroatom would be the N. Heteroatoms are usually any substance that is not carbon or hydrogen. In most cases, the heteratom is oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, boron, chlorine, bromine, or iodine. Amines are groups that have a functional nitrogen base with another group pair. In your diagram, the Nitrogen is your heteroatom.

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