Ch. 5 - ChiralityWorksheetSee all chapters
All Chapters
Ch. 1 - A Review of General Chemistry
Ch. 2 - Molecular Representations
Ch. 3 - Acids and Bases
Ch. 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
Ch. 5 - Chirality
Ch. 6 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Ch. 7 - Substitution Reactions
Ch. 8 - Elimination Reactions
Ch. 9 - Alkenes and Alkynes
Ch. 10 - Addition Reactions
Ch. 11 - Radical Reactions
Ch. 12 - Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides and Thiols
Ch. 13 - Alcohols and Carbonyl Compounds
Ch. 14 - Synthetic Techniques
Ch. 15 - Analytical Techniques: IR, NMR, Mass Spect
Ch. 16 - Conjugated Systems
Ch. 17 - Aromaticity
Ch. 18 - Reactions of Aromatics: EAS and Beyond
Ch. 19 - Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition
Ch. 20 - Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: NAS
Ch. 21 - Enolate Chemistry: Reactions at the Alpha-Carbon
Ch. 22 - Condensation Chemistry
Ch. 23 - Amines
Ch. 24 - Carbohydrates
Ch. 25 - Phenols
Ch. 26 - Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

There are several common projections used to visualize molecules in different perspectives.

Concept #1: Introduction to different projections. 


So like I said, like Newman projections, there's actually a lot of different types of projections. As you can see, this one right here is called a Fischer projection. It's used mostly for sugars. So later on if we get into sugar chemistry and carbohydrates, we're using Fischer projections a lot. But they're also used in this chapter as well.
Two other common ways that are used are Haworth projection. The Haworth projection is just that 3D projection of a ring, that's the actual name, and it's usually used for rings. It's used to highlight what's at the top and what's at the bottom.
Then finally we have this one called a sawhorse projection. And this one's usually used for stereochemistry. It will basically say how these atoms are related to each other in terms of their orientation and their shape, their configuration.
Well, in all of these cases, whichever projection we're using, also remember that there's Newman as well, in all these cases we're going to have to convert them into bondline before analyzing them completely. What that means is that these projections are really good for analyzing certain types of things, but if we want to compare them against other normal molecules, we're going to have to convert them into bondline first because that's our metric system. That's our standardization. 

We will need to know how to convert these into bondline so that we can analyze them.  

Concept #2: How to convert Fischer projections into bondline structures 


So basically you can see I have make a caterpillar, what the hell am I talking about. Well, really, a Fischer projection, even though it looks 2D, it's not really 2D. The way that it's really supposed to be interpreted is that every vertical bond is going into the page on a wedge. So these would be vertical and vertical. And then every horizontal bond coming off of it is a wedge. So those were dashes, I'm sorry. I might have said wedge. Those are dashes. And these are supposed to be wedges. So even though it looks 2D, it's really not 2D. That's just the way it's drawn to make it easier. But really the way it's supposed to be interpreted is with wedges and dashes.
So what I asked you guys to do is if we're going to convert this into bondline, we need to use this wedge and dash notation first. So what I say is if you're given a bondline, first, do what I just did and make it wedge and dash, like I just did. Then we're going to use an eyeball and we're going to pretend like we're looking at it from the side. What we're going to see is that it's going to make what I call a caterpillar.
Basically what that means is that this CHO here would be right here CHO. This CH2OH would be here. CH2OH. And what we would notice is that we have three different junctions: 1, 2, 3. And these are the places where bonds come off the top. If you think about it, maybe draw a line down here, this actually kind of looks like a caterpillar. Now this just got really goofy, but it kind of looks like a caterpillar. It's like on a leaf and it's like eating away and it's like munching away and it's got it's little hair sticking up. That's why I call it a caterpillar.
Basically, I don't want you guys to necessarily draw the whole caterpillar. You don't need to draw a face or anything. I'm not going to be strict about that. But what you should do is realize that this bond here, 1, relates to 1 right here. So what means is that then I look at the eyeball and I say according to that eyeball, what should be in the front and what should be in the back. Where does it seem closest to itself?
And what it's saying is there should be an H in the front because that's the closest one to the eyeball and there should be an OH in the back because that's the furthest one from the eyeball on the 1 carbon. So what I'm referring to here is that I have this H here and then I have this OH here. Is that making sense? So I'm looking at the 1 carbon and saying what's in the front, what's in the back.
In the same way I would work with the other ones. Then I'd say 2 should have an H in the front and an OH in the back. And then 3 should have an OH in the front and an H in the back. Is that making sense so far?
Once I have my caterpillar, then I have to do my last step and that's going to give me my bondline. So we're actually really close to the bondline. The thing is that bondline structures, are they ever like that where all the bonds are in a straight line? Usually not. Usually there's a zigzag pattern. So we need to restore this back to its zigzag pattern.
How do we do that? By rotating every other bond. Another thing I like to say is that by rotating every even bond. So what we're going to do here is I'm going to show you guys how to do this. Basically what we would do is we have 1 and 2 and what we would do is we'd rotate every other bond. So we would rotate 2 is my atom. I'm going to want 2 to face down. And if we rotate 2 to face down, that's going to restore my zigzag.
So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to draw this like this where I have 1 is here, 2 is here, 3 is here and then it goes down like this, so then the CHO is in the same exact place. The CH2OH is in the same exact place. In fact, 1 and 3 are in the same exact place. Notice that they were both pointing up before. 1 and 3 were both pointing up.
So that means that the groups that are on 1 and 3 should look exactly the same. That means that 1 should have an OH at the back and it means that 3 should have an OH at the front. Do I have to draw the H's? No, because this is bondline. Remember in bondline H's are omitted.
So far, so good. In fact, so far this is exactly the same molecule the only thing that's changed is that now I'm rotating 2 down. That means that whatever I had on 2, has to flip. That means that where should the OH go? Should it go on the back, the front, where should it go? Since it's rotating, the OH should now go on the front. Because of the fact that it rotated down, that means that that bond that was in the back is now going to rotate to the front.
So now what I've just done is I've just made my bondline. That is a bondline structure right there. All I did was I rotated every other bond, so meaning that I rotated this one. This one doesn't get rotated. See, this one is fine. That one doesn't get rotated. But then this one got rotated and then this one didn't. So notice that every other one I rotate. If this was a longer chain, then I would have also rotated atom 4 to go down. So I would have rotated atom 2, atom 4, atom 6, until my Fischer projection is done. And that would make the zigzag pattern.
So what I want you guys to do is just as free response convert the following Fischer projection into a bondline structure. Go ahead and try and solve it yourself and then I'll go ahead and step in and show you guys how to do it. 

  • Make a caterpillar, then rotate every other bond.

Convert the following Fischer projection into bondline structure.  

Concept #3: Convert the following Fischer projection into bondline structure.  


Alright guys so let's go ahead and go step by step, the first step would be to redraw this with the wedge and the dash so I would put this on a dash and I would put this on a dash, I would put these guys on wedges, B-R, B-R, H H is that cool so far? Now what I want to you is I'm going to draw my angle because that's going to help me remember what things look like, OK? Notice that I have carbon 1 here carbon 2 here, these are the back of the caterpillar so now when I convert this into a caterpillar what it's going to look like it's like this? Where I have atom 1, atom 2 that's the back of the caterpillar what it's going to have here is COOH, what it's going to have one over here is CH2 and H2 now I just to figure out what's on the top? What's on the hairs, OK? So it should actually be really simple I should just have for my wedges I should have H and H, OK? Because those are the ones that are closest to the eyeball. For the back what I should have is BR BR, is that making sense so far? Cool, now I think a question that some of you guys might have is that I notice that before up here I was drawing the Hs on the right side and the front the wedge on the right and the dash on the left and then here I was drawing the wedge on the left and the dash on the right, it does not matter you can draw them however you want as long as the thing that's in the front is still in the front, the thing that's in the back is still in the back, alright? So now we have our caterpillar so now how do we convert this into bond line? All I do is I rotate every other bond or what I want to make sure every other atom is faced down, every even atom is faced down so what that means is that it's going to be atom 2, OK? So atom 2 is going to be the one that has to face down, OK? So let's go ahead and convert this what that means is that now this is going to turn into this, this and that where this is now atom 1, this is atom 2, OK? So now I'm going to actually subtract myself from here take myself out so that I don't get in the way so now what should be coming off of 1? What should be coming off of 1 is the same thing as before, I should have the H in the front but I don't have to draw Hs so I'm just going to draw the BR in the back, is that cool? So what should be coming off of the one that's on the left of 1, the one right here what should be coming off of there? Well what I should have there is just the COOH just like before, OK? Cool, what should be coming off of the carbon over here? This should be the CH2 and 2, OK? So then finally what should be coming over right where my head should be? What should be at the 2? Well because of the fact that 2 had to switch down that means that the BR has to switch its location so that means that may BR should actually face towards the front and there you go that is bond line structure, OK? So basically this is how you make a bond line structure from a fisher projection, notice that you can't just do it in one step you have to do multiple steps to get here but if you're consistent I think you guys will be able to do this just fine.