Chem 353-42

Chem 353-42 - 2 Of the three structures above which is...

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Post Lab Questions – Benzoin (You may write the answers only in your notebook for the post lab questions if you choose.) 1. Reduction of the carbonyl functional group of benzoin using NaBH 4 results in a mixture of three compounds. Draw each of the three structures below and label the stereogenic centers either R or S.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Of the three structures above which is optically inactive and why? 3. Why is the benzoin that you prepared with this experiment optically inactive? 4. Explain why it is necessary to use both water and ethanol as solvents for this reaction....
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