Problem: Indicate whether the following can exist as a pure enantiomer or not.a) Yes, it can exist as a pure enantiomer. b) No, it interconverts with its enantiomer.c) This is not optically active, there is no stereocenter. 

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We’re being asked to determine if the given molecule can exist as a pure enantiomer or not:



Recall that when nitrogen is bonded to three non-identical R-groups, nitrogen acts as a chiral center. This gives us a pair of enantiomers:

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Indicate whether the following can exist as a pure enantiomer or not.

a) Yes, it can exist as a pure enantiomer. 

b) No, it interconverts with its enantiomer.

c) This is not optically active, there is no stereocenter. 

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