Stereogenic Centers and Symmetry

The structural formulas of twelve compounds, A through L, are drawn below. You may select any one of these by clicking the radio button beneath the structure.
Once you have selected a compound, answer the following questions concerning the number of stereogenic centers, chirality and symmetry of the compound.


1.   How many stereogenic centers are present in this compound? ... ,   1 ,   2 ,   3 ,   4 ,   5

2.   Is this compound chiral or achiral? ............ chiral ,     achiral

3.   What symmetry element(s) are present in this compound? .... none ,     a plane of symmetry ,     a C2 axis of symmetry

This script written by William Reusch, Dept. of Chemistry, Michigan State University. Please send comments and corrections to
JME Molecular Editor v2002.05 by: by Peter Ertl