What is an Asymmetric Carbon? - Definition, Identification & Examples

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In order for a specific carbon atom to be labeled as an asymmetric carbon, how many different substituents have to be bonded to the carbon of interest?

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1. How many asymmetric carbon atoms does the following molecule contain?

2. Count the total number of asymmetric carbon atoms in the compound below.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take this quiz and find out what you know about asymmetric carbons. Quiz topics include the different substituents required for a carbon to be considered asymmetric and the number of asymmetric carbon atoms in 1-Chloro-2-methylpropane, if any.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics will be covered:

  • Asymmetrical carbon atoms in penicillin
  • Reason the carbon atom in 2-chloroethanol bonded to the chlorine isn't an asymmetric carbon
  • Whether or not rubbing alcohol contains asymmetric carbon atoms

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on asymmetric carbons, including the reason the carbon atom in 2-chloroethanol bonded to chlorine isn't considered an asymmetric carbon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the number of substituents that are necessary for a carbon to be classified as asymmetric and the number of asymmetrical carbon atoms in penicillin
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the number of asymmetric carbon atoms in 1-Chloro-2-methylpropane, if any

Additional Learning

Get some more information on asymmetric carbons from the accompanying lesson titled What is an Asymmetric Carbon? - Definition, Identification & Examples. These areas will be studied:

  • Symmetry in a molecule
  • Definition of asymmetric carbon
  • Asymmetric carbons within organic compounds
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