A compound with 3 chiral centers will have how many stereoisomers?

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Nov 12, 2015

A compound with 3 chiral centres will have eight stereoisomers.


The maximum number of stereoisomers that a molecule can have is #2^n#, where #n# is the number of chiral centres.

A molecule with three chiral centres will have #2^3 = 8# stereoisomers.

For example, the aldopentoses all have three chiral carbons, and there are eight stereoisomers.