Stereochemistry and stereoisomers
Meso structures, conclusions.
Morrison and Boyd § 4.18
Your conclusion from the previous page should be that structures A and B
are not only mirror images, but also superimposable. They represent one and the
same achiral compound, a meso structure.
Structures B and C are 'real' mirror images, and both diastereoisomers of A/B.
In Morrison&Boyd the meso structure has the chlorines on the
same side of the molecule, whereas in A/B they are on different sides.
Give an explanation for this
phenomenon. See the introduction on one
the previous pages for a hint.
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