A question about isomers

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Swan Ng 1L
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A question about isomers

Postby Swan Ng 1L » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:45 pm

In class we learned about Cis and Trans isomers. I was wondering if it is possible for another isomer where the arrangement of substituents around one carbon can vary, for example, if we had a carbon atom and its substituents were arranged in an order such as Hydrogen, Chlorine, Iodine, and Bromine, is it an isomer if there was a different arrangement around the carbon such as Hydrogen, Bromine, Iodine, and Chlorine?

Nicholas Fierro 1E
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Re: A question about isomers

Postby Nicholas Fierro 1E » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:56 pm

I was looking through the organic chemistry course reader. On page 122, I read about a thing called an enantiomer which sounds very similar to what you are describing. So yes, it is possible for another arrangement of substituents to occur. Basically, an enantiomer is just a mirror reflection of itself, which is exactly how you listed the substituents in your question.

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