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Is it easy recognize a meso compound?

1 Answer
Mar 8, 2018

Answer:

No....

Explanation:

Even with a model in hand (and you SHOULD use models) the recognition of internal symmetry versus handedness is problematic. And a meso compound specifies TWO chiral centres which are opposite in handedness...i.e. #RS# configuration...such that an internal mirror plane is an element of molecular symmetry...

And see this old answer for a few tips on how to approach these sorts of problems....