Rotational Direction of Plane-Polarized Light: Dextrorotation & Levorotation

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What kind of compounds rotate plane-polarized light?

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1. What is dextrorotation?

2. If compound 'a' rotates light levorotatory, then what direction will its enantiomer, compound 'b', rotate light?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions in this quiz and worksheet will gauge how much you know about dextrorotation and levorotation. Among other topics, you should be able to determine the direction in which an enantiomer will rotate light based on specified circumstances.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Compounds that rotate plane polarized light
  • How to define 'dextrorotation'
  • The direction in which a compound will rotate light
  • A prefix used for dextrorotation
  • What R-glucose tells you about R-aspartine

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define a key word, such as 'dextrorotation'
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the type of compounds that rotate plane polarized light and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about a prefix used for dextrorotation

Additional Learning

Deepen your knowledge of this subject by reviewing the lesson titled Rotational Direction of Plane-Polarized Light: Dextrorotation & Levorotation. Here's a quick glance at what you can expect to find in this lesson:

  • An overview of chiral descriptors
  • Describing the physical configuration of enantiomers
  • Shining a light through a non-chiral compound
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