anonymous
  • anonymous
What does R and S mean in relation to IUPAC names of organic compounds?
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rvc
  • rvc
give examples where u saw ?
aaronq
  • aaronq
R (rectus = right) and S (sinister = left) identify the stereochemistry at the indicated chiral center that is assigned according to the cahn-ingold-prelog rules. For example:|dw:1433249013491:dw|
anonymous
  • anonymous
@aaronq What do you mean by cahn-ingold-prelog rules? Also how would you determine whether the molecules are orientated right or left of the chiral centre? I fail to understand this. Thank you.

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abb0t
  • abb0t
Each group has assigned priority. If the priority is going clockwise, then it is an R-enantiomer; If it is going counterclockwise, it is an S-enantiomer.
abb0t
  • abb0t
-COOH has highest priority, then -NH, CH3 and finally H.
anonymous
  • anonymous
@abb0t Right. Does this rule apply to any organic compounds with different groups attached to it?
abb0t
  • abb0t
yes.

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