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Are all 'dextrorotatory' sugars in biology actually 'd' or '+' in chirality?

When papers or articles say that all proteinogenic amino acids are 'levorotatory' or 'L', they often make a point of saying that only half of them are truly, optically levorotatory. All of them (...
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How many stereoisomers can exist for 4,5-bis(3-hydroxyoct-1-en-1-yl)cyclopentane-1,3-diol?

Q.10 For the given compound $\ce{X}$, the total number of optically active stereoisomers is ____. This is from JEE Advanced 2018 second question paper. I thought the answer to be at least 32 because ...
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How to identify an error in cut off filter (optical) usage when running spectrophotometry?

In spectrophotometry, often a cut off optical filter is used. With reference to a long-pass filter, which rejects any wavelengths outside a predetermined interval: low transmission in short ...
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Approximate magnetic susceptibility of these liquid propellants?

This question asks if the comparatively large paramagnetic susceptibility of liquid oxygen (LOX) is considered when designing rocket tank and engine systems. This comment suggests fuels such as RP-1 (...
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What would superionic water ice look like?

Phys.org's Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice links to Nature Physics: Experimental evidence for superionic water ice using shock ...
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What is the color of elemental silver?

From my lab book it says it is black? I don't understand how we know the color of it is black. Can anyone explain?
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Home science optical absorption test for approximate caffeine quantity in coffee?

I started with How can you measure the caffeine content of a liquid at home? in the cooking stackexchange, but the test strips were only qualitative (yes/no) and don't seem to exist anymore, and the ...
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Is the refractive index of a solution of four substances the median of the four substances' refractive index?

I need to determine the purity of a solution and we need to discuss about the 'theoretical' refractive index of the substance that we are supposed to have.
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What are the limitations of the D, L system and the (+), (-) system for naming organic compounds

In organic chemistry, both the D, L system and the (+), (-) system are widely used, in conjunction with the modern (R, S) system. The D, L system names an organic molecule based on the direction that ...
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Does syn-dihydroxylation form racemic mixture?

I have been asked to determine the nature of the product for the following reaction: And as I recognized this reaction to be a case of syn-dihydroxylation, my obvious response was that the product ...
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Does optical isomerism fall under the category of stereoisomerism?

I have been asked to find the total number of dichlorination products (including stereoisomers) for the following reaction: I have figured out nine possible structures out of which two are optically ...
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Why are complexes of type MA3B3 not optical active?

Complexes of type $\ce{MA3B3}$ have two geometrical isomers, namely: fac-isomer mer-isomer If we look closely at the mer-isomer, it has a plane of symmetry, so it is optically inactive. But the fac-...
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Chirality and Optical activity

Do all chiral objects rotate the plane of polarization of EM waves? For example my hand is chiral, will it rotate the plane of polarization of EM waves of suitable wavelength?
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How are polarizabilities measured experimentally?

Most common spectroscopies that produce either a full spectrum, a tensor, or a scalar value have a specific instrument associated with them that is relatively self-contained and not custom. For ...
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Which are the Geometrical isomers of the complex [Cr(NH3)2Cl2(en)]+?Is it one or two?

I was recently studying coordination compounds and i came across optical isomerism shown by complexes.I think that the complex i gave above have 4 geometrical isomers(I think this is where I am wrong, ...
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How to calculate the refractive index of mixtures? [duplicate]

In "How to Calculate the Refractive Index of a Formulation", the article outlines a method to find the refractive index of a mixture but the sources don't lead to any evidence regarding its ...
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Beer-Lambert law absorption by each species

Light travels length $l$ through a medium with $n$ independently absorbing species with extinction coefficients $\alpha_1,\dots,\alpha_n$. According to Beer-Lambert law, the amount of light absorbed ...
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Can a chiral molecule be optically inactive?

Does there exist a chiral compound with zero optical activity? It seems possible that for some (chiral) arrangement of atoms, the optical activity of one section of the molecule could be exactly ...
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Kinetics of inversion of cane sugar

Question 1 The formula for concentration of cane sugar as a function of time is given by $$k = \left(\frac{2.303}{t}\right) \log\left[\frac{\alpha(0) - \alpha(\infty)}{\alpha(t) - \alpha(\infty)}\...
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What is the meaning of pi selectivity?

I came across this term while going through a research paper for the first time of organic chemistry on diastereoselectivity of tricyclo[2.1.0.02,5]pentan-3-ones. I am not familiar with the term and ...
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How is plane polarized light rotated by chiral compounds? [duplicate]

There are plenty of questions related to this topic on this site but no proper answer. Can anyone please explain to me how plane polarized light is rotated by chiral compounds, and why it cannot be ...
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What is the difference between quantities reported as optical rotation and circular birefringence?

Optical activity gets complicated quickly and the following question is intended to avoid threshold confusion. The linked lecture note* seems very accessible to me and Table 10.6 in particular is ...
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In the reaction mentioned what percentage of reaction proceeds via SN1 mechanism?

2-iodo butane (having radioactive iodine) reacts with KI (having non radioactive iodine). Rate of loss of optical activity was 1.96 times the rate of loss of radioactivity. What percentage of reaction ...
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Can a system of 2 consecutive biphenyl systems be optically active , even if any adjacent biphenyl systems aren't optically active?

This question came in an online test, where they asked whether or not 22,26-dibromo-12,32-dichloro-23,25-diiodo-16,36-dimethyl-11,21:24,31-terphenyl was optically active. The answer is that, it is ...
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How to predict which type of optical isomerism [closed]

When I learnt about optical activity in school, my teacher told me that there is no way to theoritically predict whether a compound is dextrorotatory or leuvorotatory. How is that possible?
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How to check which compound will show optical isomerism?

So my teacher told that those compounds which have one or more chiral carbon present in them it will definitely show optical isomerism because it has an optically active stereoisomer, but there are ...
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Optical activity of starch

In this German Wikipedia article about optical activity, I found the beautiful picture of starch granules: Unfortunately, I have no idea what I am looking at. What are these crosses and why are they ...
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Replacement for optical calcite (Glan Thompson prism)?

I notice that Glan Thompson prisms seem to be the preferred optics for doing polarimetry and have been for at least 75 years. One instrument maker says that polaroid films can be used but they tend to ...
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Why upon melting of PEO between crossed polars colours appear?

Crystalline PEO when under crossed polars shows distinct Maltese cross pattern. Being birefringent, when polymer crystal align with the polarizer or analyser it shows extinction regions (effect known ...
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Optical activity of substituted biphenyl [closed]

How come the given compound in the diagram is optically inactive? The two rings should be in different planes due to steric hindrance between $\ce{COOH}$ and bromine. How am I wrong?
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How can randomly oriented molecules in a liquid solution create a certain polarization pattern (d or l)? [duplicate]

How can a large number of moving, randomly-oriented chiral molecules in a watery solution twist light only to the left or only to the right? Wouldn't a levorotary molecule become dextrorotary if I ...
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How is 1,4,6-trichlorodiamantane optically inactive? [closed]

How this compound is optically inactive I can't analyse any element of symmetry in this compound.
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Finding chiral carbons in aromatic or cyclic compounds

I know that for a carbon to be chiral four different groups should be attached to that particular carbon. But, what about in the case of cyclic compounds? What's the method to check chirality if the ...
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Are centre of symmetry(COS) and alternate axis of symmetry(AAOS) dependent on each other?

COS=Centre of symmetery AAOS=Alternate axis of symmetry Lets suppose a molecule has a COS. Does it need to have AAOS? What about the converse? If a molecule has AAOS does it necessarily have a COS? ...
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Question about a line from Rosenfeld's paper on optical rotation

There are a lot of papers on optical rotation which cite Rosenfeld's (German) 1928 paper "Quantum mechanical theory of natural optical rotation..." [Quantenmechanische Theorie der naturlichen ...
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Optical activity checking

In the following cyclopentane deratives, why can't I say that a,b,e have a center of symmetry so they are optically inactive and c as it has a plane of symmetry as shown is also optically inactive? ...
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Would Z and E isomers show different optical activity?

Consider this compound, which is in E-configuration and that red asterisk denotes the chiral carbon. If I were to somehow cause the E-configuration of the alkene part to Z-configuration keeping the ...
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The number of optical isomers of 3,4-dichlorobutan-2-ol

The number of optical isomers possible for the given organic molecule is? $\ce{CH_3-C^*H(OH)-CHCl-CH_2Cl}$ (the configuration is fixed at $\ce{C^*}$) The given answer is 2. The carbon marked with an ...
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Optical activity of cis-trans isomers of a co-ordination compound [closed]

Why do geometrical (cis and trans) isomers of [Pt(NH3)(Br)(Cl)(py)] not show optical activity ? Thanks In Advance...
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Is specific rotation defined for mixtures of enantiomers or meso compounds?

I recently had to do an experiment where we had to make a racemic mixture of D and L complexes and then resolve the enantiomers, and measure the optical rotation of the racemic mixture, and the ...
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Why is nitrogen dioxide (NO2) brown? [closed]

I don't understand why nitrogen dioxide $\ce{NO2}$ is coloured brown when nitrate $\ce{NO2-}$ and dinitrogen tetroxide $\ce{N2O4}$ are not. I understand it is due to absorption of light when its ...
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Which of the following isomers of 2,3‐dihydroxy‐4‐methoxy‐4‐oxobutanoic acid are identical?

Which of the following are identical? A and B are identical A and B are diastereomers A and C are enantiomers A and B are enantiomers What I know is that when we rotate a Fisher projection by 180°, ...
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What gas would be suited best to form a density gradient in a long tube? [closed]

I want to set up an aero-optics experiment using a sealed ~5 m length of pipe with a gas inside. The gas must form a density gradient, and must be transparent enough to view a target at the other end ...
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Is there a commercial liquid with refractive index greater than n=2?

For an application I need a commercial, transparent liquid with refractive index $n>2$. Is this kind of liquid available? What's the chemical composition of this? On the web, only $n=1.81$ is ...
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When to permute two times to find optical configuration [closed]

I'm learning about S and R configuration, and I know that in case where the 4th substituant is not behind we should permute it with the one which is behind. then we find the new configuration and use ...
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Conditions for molecular dissymmetry

In my textbook, under the topic "Asymmetric and Dissymmetric Compounds", the following statement is given: A molecule which does not possess plane of symmetry, centre of symmetry, and alternating ...
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Why is FEP transparent and PTFE not?

fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) is close relative of poly(tetra-fluoroethylene) (PTFE), both only contain fluorine and carbon atoms,both have very similiar properties yet FEP is relatively ...
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How to think of solvated electrons?

This excellent answer explains at length what's happening in this fascinating video entitled Liquid Electrons - Periodic Table of Videos. In the screenshot below, the metallic-looking solvated ...
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Is methanol optically active?

Strictly on theoretical basis, not based on experimental results. I can very well be wrong, but I think that methanol should be optically inactive because it has a plane of symmetry passing through ...
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