Fischer Projection R and S Stereochemistry Trick

Fischer Projection Stereochemistry to find R and S configurations Chirality Vid 6Chirality/Stereochemistry Video Series: Video 6
Fischer projections provide a simple 2-dimensional representation for complex 3-dimensional structures. Which is great for drawing complex molecules, but not so much fun if asked to determine R and S configurations.

Many books and professors will have you redraw the Fischer projection into a 3-dimensional sawhorse or skeletal structure.

I find this to be a waste of time and source of needless confusion on exams. This video shows you how to quickly and easily find R and S configurations directly on the Fischer Projection. Guaranteed to save you time on your next stereochemistry quiz/exam.

In fact, if it DOES save you time come back to this page and let me know by leaving a comment below.

(Watch on YouTube: Fischer. Click cc on bottom right for video transcription.)

Links & Resources Mentioned In This Video:

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This is Video 6 in the Chirality/Stereochemistry Video Series. Click HERE for the entire series.

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  1. Leah You are a Great Great Teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank You Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. God Bless you!!!! Seriously I only learn from your videos!

  3. GREAT VIDEO! why can’t I watch the swap method video though?

  4. Wish you were my instructor.

  5. Your the great keep on!!!!!!

  6. thanks Leah you are great teacher

  7. That video was clear and concise. Thank you for all that you do!

  8. Great video.

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