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:

<– Watch Previous Video: R and S configuration for Lengthy Complex Substituents
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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. Dothlyn says:

    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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