What is an Epimer? - Definition in Chemistry & Examples

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Which of the following terms best describes two molecules that differ from one another only in their three-dimensional orientation?

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1. Two molecules can be classified as epimers of one another if they contain multiple stereocenters, but differ from one another by the configuration of _____ of the stereocenters.

2. How many different atoms or groups of atoms does a carbon need to be bonded to in order to be classified as a stereocenter?

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What do you know about epimers? Take this mobile-friendly quiz and answer questions on a variety of topics like a term that describes two molecules that are different from each other only in the way they occupy three-dimensional space and a group of molecules that differ from one another by the configuration at one of the stereogenic centers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for the following topics on the quiz:

  • Number of different atoms/groups of atoms for a carbon to be bonded to in order to be considered a stereocenter
  • Alpha and beta forms of glucose in terms of their stereochemical relationship to each other
  • Compounds that differ in the stereochemistry of more than one stereocenter

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of alpha and beta forms of glucose and how they're connected to each other in the form of their stereochemical relationship
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about molecules that are different from one another in the configuration at one of the stereogenic centers and compounds that differ in their stereochemistry of more than one stereocenter
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term for two molecules that differ from one another only in the way they occupy three-dimensional space

Additional Learning

You can learn more about stereochemistry with the lesson named What is an Epimer? - Definition in Chemistry & Examples. Here are some of the main points you'll be covering:

  • Stereocenter/stereogenic center explanation
  • Labeling carbon atoms
  • Chemical composition of glucose
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