# 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.

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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.

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