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Optically Active

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  • A compound capable of optical rotation is said to be optically active.  All pure chiral compounds are optically active.

    eg:  (R)-Lactic acid (1) is chiral and rotates the plane of plane-polarized light.  Thus, 1 is optically active.

     

     

     

    see also optically inactive