Fischer Projections in Organic Chemistry: Definition, Examples & Interpretation


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What direction do the vertical lines of a Fischer Projection point?

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1. When is a Fischer Projection useful?

2. Which of the following is the Fischer projection of the following molecule?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fischer projections are used frequently in organic chemistry. You will be tested on how these projections are used along with examples and interpretations of Fischer projections.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz requires you to:

  • Identify which direction the vertical lines of a Fischer projection point toward
  • Describe a situation where using a Fischer projection would be useful
  • Point out the correct representation of a given molecule

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to find the proper interpretation of a provided Fischer projection
  • Information recall - consult the information you've gained about the vertical lines of these projections
  • Reading comprehension - verify that you can read information about when Fischer projections are used and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To find out more about this subject, read the lesson named Fischer Projections in Organic Chemistry: Definition, Examples & Interpretation. This lesson covers:

  • Stereocenters
  • Visualizing Fischer projections
  • Challenges with representing 3D objects in a 2D state