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20.3 Stereoisomerism

Experiments

Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.

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Analysis of Natural Products

Experiment #25 from Organic Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Determine the stereoisomeric form of tartaric acid using a Polarimeter.
  • Isomerize (–)-menthone into (+)-isomenthone and observe the polarimetric changes between the two compounds.
  • Differentiate between two commercial compounds containing different enantiomers of carvone using boiling point, odor, and polarimetry.
  • Measure the observed rotation of neat carvone samples.
  • Determine the enantiomeric excess of each carvone in the store-bought natural oil samples.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Subject
Chemistry
Section
Additional Higher Level (AHL)
Topic
20. Organic Chemistry

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