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2 Mistakes with Chair Conformations (and How to Avoid Them!)

2 Mistakes with Chair Conformations (and How to Avoid Them!)

Once you’ve mastered the art of drawing chair conformations, it’s time to stick some axial and equatorial substituents on those beautiful chairs. In marking thousands of exam papers, there’s 2 mistakes that I’ve seen over and over again. Here’s how to avoid those mistakes ace any chair conformations in your OChem exams. The 2 biggest mistakes…

3 Easy Steps to Drawing Chair Cyclohexanes, Perfect Every Time

3 Easy Steps to Drawing Chair Cyclohexanes, Perfect Every Time

Let’s face it, chair cyclohexanes are not a shape that comes naturally for anyone to draw. That’s why you need a system to get them right. Here is how to draw chair conformations in 39 seconds… How to draw chair conformations… in 39 seconds! Is that all there is to it? Yep, that’s it! Just three pairs…

How to Assign R and S Configurations Without a Molecular Model
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How to Assign R and S Configurations Without a Molecular Model

Chiral centers come in two flavours – vanilla or chocolate chip… Just kidding! They come in R and S varieties. There’s a three-step process for assigning the R or S, and one of the steps in putting the lowest priority group at the back, away from you. But what do you do when the lowest priority group isn’t behaving and isn’t already…

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