What are some common mistakes students make when converting Fischer Projections to Bond Line Views?

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Apr 30, 2018


Just to retire this question....


...the one fatal mistake you can make is NOT to make a model. There may be some people who can look at a perspective formula on the written page, and translate this to three-dimensional geometry in their mind's-eye. I am not one of them, and would ALWAYS make a model to inform my reasoning and my sense of geometry. And distinguished professors of inorganic and organic chemistry would ALWAYS have models of their target molecules on their desks.

And I add that molecular models are always permitted examination materials.