Chirality/Stereochemistry Video Series: Video 1
Chirality is an exciting but potentially tricky topic in organic chemistry. Why? because it's tough to visualize 2-dimensional drawings as a 3-dimensional structure. But don't be like the thousands of students struggling with this topic. My chirality series will take you through this topic step by step to ensure that you master and truly understand. Starting with video 1 below – learn exactly WHAT this is all about. From chiral carbon requirements to enantiomers as non-superimposable mirror images.
(Watch on YouTube: Intro. Click cc on bottom right for video transcription.)
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shaabany at university of Dodoma, Tanzania says
I found these videos very helpful and I got “A” in organic 1…. Thank you so much madam Leah.. we Tanzania appreciate your efforts to make chemistry so amazing…
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Vin. C says
I don’t see the plane of symmetry down the middle at 8:36. How is it symmetrical?
a great video thank u so much
Shravan Kumar Tiwari says
Excellent for understanding stereochemistry especially “swap” one MARVELLOUS!
Rosemary McElroy says
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Rosemary McElroy says
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Rosemary McElroy says
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Thank you so much
We were going over this in class yesterday and I was really confused, but now I got it. You’re so good at explaining things!
Nipun Abhinav says
Thanks for doing this service to the students. You are making a important contribution for students, who can’t afford other resources.
Can an achiral molecule ever be non super
OMG! You are a generous and helpfull tutor!! Love your videos!
I love your videos! They are extremely helpful. I was having trouble understanding the material in class because my professor does not explain things very well, but you explain everything clearly! It’s almost like having a personal tutor! Thank you Leah4sci!
at 7:45 you say “two chiral molecules and they’re exaclty the same, meaning they are not mirror images” can you explain that b/c I know that chiral means asymmertrical and different subs as opposed to achiral. How can it be the exact same but not mirror images
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What about diastereomers?
very very helpful Thanku soooo much ☺
How do we sign up for the Oct 8th workshop regarding this topic?
This was a BIG!! help to me thank you so much.
Keanna: glad to help!
Muneeb ali says
thats very helpfull for me..
You’re welcome Muneeb
i find troubl in downloading this video.
I do not give anyone permission to download my videos. Feel free to watch them on YouTube
Cedric Ingram says
Great teaching video but a sequence in the video seems contradictory. When illustrating an achiral molecule with three substituents, the molecule is shown to be a mirror image and superimposable because two substituents are the same. Then later when summarizing the video states and I quote ” Notice there’s a line of symmetry going right down the center. Again a line of symmetry no matter how I turn it I can find that symmetry and that makes this molecule achiral because this molecule has a tetrahedral sp3 carbon in the center. But two of the same substituents for a total of three unique, it’s not chiral. And if it’s not chiral, IT DOESN”T HAVE A MIRROR IMAGE, its going to be superimposable, and another molecule of its kind.” This confuses me totally!!!!
Everything that can be placed in front of a mirror has a mirror image. The question about chirality is if the molecule is superimposable ON its mirror image. Hope this makes sense
Interesting explanation of chirality. I think practicing this modeling will be a great way to articulate. Need more videos please. Thanks
You got it 🙂
You’re very good at explaining. Started to love Organic Chem because of your tutorials.
This is EXACTLY what I love to hear Harjeet
You’re awesome. I’m only seeing one Video 1 under Chirality and Stereochemistry. Am I missing the others or are they on the way soon? Thanks.
Nick this is a brand new series. I posted video #2 today (Oct 10) and plan to add a video ~weekly through November