I had a question on my organic chemistry homework that looks like :
The specific rotation of d-carvone is +61°. Can you predict specific rotation for L-carvone?
I didn't even know how to approach the question, and was looking for some help.
- hcbiochemLv 71 month ago
Roger the Mole's answer is correct. Enantiomers rotate light in the opposite direction to exactly the same extent. So, -61° would be the specific rotation for L-carvone.
- Roger the MoleLv 71 month ago
Lacking any other information, I'd expect L-carvone to rotate the light in the opposite direction that D-carvone does, with the same magnitude. So my guess at the answer is −61°.