The Centre Of Symmetry (COS) has been shown by a blue dot.
My questions are:
- Can this molecule be called optically inactive? I have this doubt because single bonds permit free rotation and the molecule hardly remains in the given form for long.
- Can this molecule be called a meso-compound as it optically inactive?
- Slightly unrelated: I'm actually a bit confused with the definition of meso. I learnt that meso compounds must have a plane of symmetry. Am I correct?
According to Wikipedia a meso compound or meso isomer is a non-optically active member of a set of stereoisomers, at least two of which are optically active.
Update: I realized my mistake in thought procedure after asking the question.(I fell into the "Meso Trap" :-P ) I would like to add this link as it might help future viewers.