The Single Swap Rule

The Single Swap RuleJanuary 24, 2011

I don’t think there are that many “tricks” to doing well in organic chemistry, but there are a few. I was kind of surprised last month when I talked to a number of students who hadn’t ever come…

The Meso Trap

The Meso TrapJanuary 12, 2011

Question: Are these molecules enantiomers, diastereomers, or the same? If you immediately recognized this as a molecule with an internal plane of symmetry (and thus an achiral molecule, incapable of having an enantiom…