What does S configuration mean?

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Dec 16, 2014

R and S are used to describe the configuration of a chirality center. Chirality center meaning that there are 4 different groups attached to one carbon. To determine whether the chirality center is R or S you have to first prioritize all four groups connected to the chirality center. Then, rotate the molecule so that the fourth priority group is on a dash (pointing away from you). Finally, determine whether the sequence 1-2-3 is (R) clockwise or (S) counterclockwise. Hope this helps.