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Norcaradiene ring opening is a type of electrocyclic reaction.
In a electrocyclic rection, one sigma bond is either broken or formed. Electrocyclic reactions react in either a disrotatary or conrotatary fashion. This ring opening is a disrotary reaction, see this page for more information.
O. A. McNamara and A. R. Maguire, Tetrahedron, 2011, 67, 9–40.
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