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Which structure can exhibit optical isomerism?

Chemistry: A Molecular Approach | 3rd Edition | ISBN: 9780321809247 | Authors: Nivaldo J. Tro ISBN: 9780321809247 1

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Problem 4SAQ

Which structure can exhibit optical isomerism?

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Solution 4 SAQ Step 1 Isomers are the compounds having same molecular formulae but exhibit different structures.This phenomenon is known as Isomerism. Optical isomerism is a type of Stereoisomerism. Optical isomerism arises in organic molecule that contain a carbon atom attached to the 4 different atoms or groups. A carbon atom with four different atoms or groups are called as chiral centre. If a molecule has a chiral centre in its structure ,two mirror image arrangements are possible in space.They are non-superimposable mirror images of each other . These are called optical isomers. For example:

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Textbook: Chemistry: A Molecular Approach
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Author: Nivaldo J. Tro
ISBN: 9780321809247

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