Isomers: Stereo (Chiral)

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In the 50s and 60s, pregnant women were prescribed Thalidomide, a stereoisomer that prevented morning sickness but caused severe birth defects. The instructor in the videos explain stereoisomers, enantiomers, and chirality using visual props. It is the 14th in a series of 15 chemistry videos

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Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in models, as in the video, to allow students to better understand chirality
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson best fits after an introduction, but near the beginning, of a lesson on stereoisomers
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  • Excellent for visual learners
  • Great use of props and hands-on materials to demonstrate the concept

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