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can anyone tell me briefly what is optical isomerism and what is optically active and inactive?

can anyone tell me briefly what is optical isomerism and what is optically active and inactive?

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Vikash Kumar
36 Points
8 years ago

Optical isomerism is a form of stereoisomerism. Optical isomers are molecules that differ in connectivity by the placement of substituents around one or more atoms in a molecule. they rotated a beam of plane-polarized light when the light is passed through it. the isomers cannot be converted into one another, even by a rotation around a single bond.
the compound which rotates the plane polarised light is called optically active otherwise optically inactive. the best way to find it is that if the molecule has a plane of symmetry it is optically inactive.
for details look into isomerism from any organic book
Thanks & Regards
Vikash Kumar, 
askIITians Faculty
B.Tech, IIT Delhi

gyan prakash
38 Points
8 years ago

A optically active compound is a compound which have either a chiral centre or they do poses POS and COS

vamsi
43 Points
8 years ago

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