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How do we calculate isomers? Please tell me Formula or tips.

How do we calculate isomers? Please tell me Formula or tips.

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AKASH GOYAL AskiitiansExpert-IITD
419 Points
10 years ago

Dear anuvrat

no.of isomers for a organic compound can be calculated by using formula 2n

 where n : no.of chiral / asymmetric carbon.

               Asymmetric carbon is the carbon atom whose 4 valencies are satisfied by 4 different monovalent atoms or groups.

 Ex. : 1. lactic acid CHCH3OHCOOH

                 It contains 1 chiral carbon, hence 2n i.e. 21 = 2 optical isomers are possible

         2. glucose contain 4 chiral carbons, hence 24 = 16 optical isomers are possible etc.

All the best.

AKASH GOYAL

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