Chiral Examples 2 Chiral Examples 2
Chiral Examples 2
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- Let's do a few more examples of seeing if either an atom or
- an entire molecule is chiral.
- So here I have a molecule.
- Let's see if we can identify any chiral centers, or any
- chiral atoms, or asymmetric carbons, all words for the
- same thing, although I guess you could have chiral centers
- that aren't necessarily carbon, but it tends to be
- carbon most of the time, especially in Organic
- Chemistry class.
- So if we look here, the one that kind of jumps out, this
- carbon right here is bonded to three
- hydrogens and another carbon.
- So this is obviously not going to be a chiral center.
- It's bonded to three of the same group.
- These three guys are all bonded to two hydrogens each,
- so they're all bonded to two of the same group, so they
- can't be chiral centers.
- This carbon right here is bonded to three hydrogens,
- once again, three of the same group, not going to be a
- chiral center.
- This one looks interesting.
- It looks like it could be a good candidate it for a chiral
- center, or a chiral carbon, or an asymmetric carbon.
- Over here on the left, it's bonded to a methyl group, so
- this is a methyl group, and here on the right, it's bonded
- to a butyl group.
- Over here, it's bonded to an OH, and then over here, it's
- bonded to an H, so this is definitely a chiral carbon.
- We could put a little asterisk here.
- That's how they often denote that this is a chiral carbon.
- And if this doesn't make sense to you, because you might say,
- hey, Sal, look, this carbon is bonded to two other carbons.
- Isn't that the same thing?
- But the point here is that we're not looking at what
- atoms it's directly bonded to.
- We're looking at the groups that it's bonded to.
- In this case, this hydrogen is a group and an atom.
- Over here, it's an entire group.
- It's an entire butyl group.
- We have four carbons here.
- We only have one over here.
- Another way to think about it, we could have drawn this
- molecule like this.
- We could have had a carbon in the center, and maybe this
- methyl group is popping out like this.
- You have your CH3, and then you would have this hydrogen
- coming out maybe in the plane, and then behind it, you would
- have the butyl group.
- So kind of the back leg of the tripod, you'd have a butyl,
- and what is that?
- That's C4H9, right?
- That's six plus-- C4H9, so it's C4H9 in the back, and
- then above it, you have your OH.
- Above it, in a different color, you have your OH.
- And when you look at it like this, it looks just like the
- other chiral carbons that we had identified in actually the
- last video.
- It looks very similar to something like this.
- And when you take its mirror image,
- this is the same molecule.
- Here, I kind of made it a little bit more three
- dimensional, but if you take the mirror image of either
- one, you're going to find that no matter how you try to
- rotate it or shift it, you won't be able to superimpose
- it on its mirror image for the same reasons
- as the other ones.
- And I challenge you to, if you can.
- So this is a chiral carbon.
- This is a chiral center, we could say.
- Or we could even call it an asymmetric carbon.
- It could be considered a stereocenter or
- a stereogenic center.
- All of those are valid things to call this
- carbon right there.
- And this is also a chiral molecule.
- Now let's look at this blue example right here.
- And if we wanted to name it, just so we get a little bit of
- review, we could start at this fluorine right there: one,
- two, three, four, five.
- This is what?
- This is 1, 3-difluorocyclopentane.
- So that was a nice review of naming.
- But let's think about whether we have any chiral centers
- here and whether the molecule as a whole is chiral.
- So the immediate ones that we can kind of dismiss-- and
- actually let me get rid of this numbering because I don't
- want you think that there are somehow three hydrogens there.
- That was the number three hydrogen, number three carbon,
- number two carbon, and so on so forth, But let me get rid
- of them now that we've named the molecule.
- I don't want to confuse how many hydrogens we have at any
- of these points.
- So let's look at the carbons.
- Well, we could immediately dismiss that carbon, that
- carbon, and that carbon, because each of those are
- bonded to two hydrogens.
- If we wanted to break it out, they would look like this.
- So they're bonded to carbons, carbons, and then they're
- bonded to hydrogens.
- Now, these might be different groups.
- These might be different types of alkane groups that it's
- bonded to, so that doesn't necessarily throw it out of
- the running.
- But these two, the two hydrogens that it's bonded to,
- are definitely the same atom, the same group.
- We have an axis of symmetry through that atom, so it
- cannot be a stereogenic center.
- It cannot be an asymmetric carbon.
- It cannot be a chiral center or a chiral atom, so we can
- knock those guys out of the running.
- But this guy and that guy seem pretty interesting.
- Because if we were to break it out a little bit, you could
- break it out like that and break it out like, so writing
- a CH and actually show the bond to the hydrogen.
- And this guy is bonded to one hydrogen, one fluorine.
- And then if we were to work our way around the cycle, and
- these cyclic molecules are a little bit-- it's sometimes a
- little tricky to identify whether you're bonded to the
- same group or different groups.
- But actually, let me not make it too messy while we try to
- figure this out.
- To figure out whether it's bonded to the same group,
- let's kind of take a walk around the cycle, around the
- cyclopentane ring.
- If we go this way, if we go on a counter-- we'll do it in
- different color.
- If we go in a counterclockwise direction from the carbon in
- question, we're going to hit a CH2.
- Then we're going to hit a CH.
- So we're going to hit a CH2, then we're going to hit a CH.
- If we go this way, we're going to hit a CH2 and then we're
- going to hit another CH2.
- So this guy is fundamentally-- this bond is bonded to a
- different group than that bond up there is.
- It's also bonded to a hydrogen,
- also bonded to a fluorine.
- So this is bonded to four different groups, so this is a
- chiral carbon, so that is a chiral center.
- Now, the exact same argument can be made for this carbon
- right here.
- You can make that exact same argument, that, look, if you
- were to walk counterclockwise from this, you'd hit a CH2,
- then a CH2.
- If you were to go clockwise, you'd have CH2, then a CH,
- which happens to be connected to a fluorine.
- So you're actually going to see something different,
- depending whether you're going down into that group or into
- that group.
- And then it's also bonded to a hydrogen and a fluorine, four
- different groups.
- This is also a chiral center.
- Another way to think about it, and it's actually interesting
- to compare it to this molecule up here, which was not chiral
- and did not have a chiral center, this molecule up
- here-- let me draw it a little different to make it a little
- bit more clear.
- So this one, I could draw it like this.
- If you have the chlorine like that, over here, we thought
- about this as a potential chiral center, and it's kind
- of playing the same role as in that example down here, but
- you see over here, this is not a chiral center because
- there's actually an axis of symmetry for this molecule
- that goes through that carbon.
- So you can actually just draw an axis of symmetry that goes
- exactly through that carbon.
- The way I drew it, it's not completely neat, but you can
- see that that is the reflection of that, if I were
- to draw the bonds actually a little bit more symmetric.
- Over here, if we try to do the exact same thing, if we try to
- draw an axis of symmetry over here, if we try to draw an
- axis of symmetry, we can make that bond to the fluorine go
- through our axis of symmetry,, we'll see that that still is
- not the reflection of this because we have
- a fluorine up here.
- We don't have a fluorine over here.
- Now, we can do the same thing with this end.
- If you try to do an axis of symmetry, fluorine up there,
- no fluorine over here.
- So each of these are definitely chiral centers,
- while this carbon up here was not a chiral center.
- Now, the next question is, well, this thing's got two
- chiral centers, two chiral carbons.
- It's probably a chiral molecule.
- Everything else we've seen so far, if you had a chiral
- center, you had a chiral molecule.
- But let's take its mirror image.
- To take its mirror image, let me clear out some real estate
- over here, So let me clear out this.
- Let me clear it out.
- So what's the mirror image going to look like?
- Let me draw first the mirror.
- So the mirror image, you're going to have a
- fluorine over there.
- Then you're going to bond to a carbon, which is also bonded
- to a hydrogen.
- That's going to bond to a CH2.
- That's going to bond to a CH.
- That's the mirror image of that,
- which bonds to a fluorine.
- That's the mirror image of that.
- And then you go down.
- This is the mirror image of CH2 here.
- This is the mirror image of this.
- You connect them.
- Now, these are mirror images of each other.
- But they are also the exact same molecule.
- I could just literally move this guy over to the right,
- and it would be superimposed.
- They are exactly the same.
- So even though we have two chiral atoms, two chiral
- carbons, the molecule as a whole is not chiral.
- It is a non-chiral molecule.
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