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Unformatted text preview: Optical activity is the ability of a single isomer to rotate the plane of polarized light. We shall observe this effect for a solution of sucrose, common table sugar, which exists in nature as a single optical isomer. One isomer rotates light to the left, and is called the ______________ isomer. The other isomer rotates light to the right, and is called the ______________ isomer. A 50-50 mixture of two mirror image isomers is called a ______________ mixture. Most chemical reactions produce a mixture of isomers. Many biological processes produce (or consume) only one isomer. Study Problem : In Lewis Carrolls book Through the Looking Glass (the sequel to Alice in Wonderland), Alice speculates to her cat about whether looking glass (mirror image) milk would be good to drink. What do you think?...
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