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The key tells me these are enantiomers.

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I however don't think they are; their chiral carbons' configurations aren't inverted - i.e. only one chiral carbon's R/S configuration changes! This suggests diastereomers to me! Plus the Sawhorse projections I draw don't seem to be mirror images.

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They are diastereomers. Both of the "front" chiral carbons (the one with the bromine attached) are "S". Rotate the one on the right 120 degrees CCW and it is identical to the one on the left. But the "back" carbon (the one with the hydroxyl attached) is "S" on the left figure and "R" on the right figure - diastereomers.

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  • $\begingroup$ I get the opposite of what you get for the back carbon for both images. $\endgroup$
    – Dissenter
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:35
  • $\begingroup$ Are you "holding" the hydrogen such that the "steering wheel" is between your eye and the hydrogen? $\endgroup$
    – ron
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:37
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not holding the hydrogen; I'm holding the group with priority 2 and rotating the molecule so the hydrogen is pointing away. ETA: And so I am holding the hydrogen so that the steering wheel is between my eye in the hydrogen. $\endgroup$
    – Dissenter
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ Try holding the lowest priority group, in this case hydrogen, so that the 3 remaining groups form a circle (steering wheel) between your eye and hand. When you travel around the circle going from the highest priority group (1) to the next to lowest priority group (3) by way of (2), if you travel CW then your chiral center has the "R" configuration, if you travel CCW, then the "S" configuration. $\endgroup$
    – ron
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:44
  • $\begingroup$ I'm still traveling clockwise for the left figure. Will insert picture of model in OP. $\endgroup$
    – Dissenter
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:46

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