These molecules make the news quite a bit.
Some questions to think about:
- What’s the (R),(S) designation for the stereocenters of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, as drawn?
- What’s best way to describe the relationship between these two compounds? Enantiomers? Diastereomers?
- Let’s say you removed the hydroxyl groups of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine and replaced them with hydrogen. Would the two compounds be enantiomers, diastereomers, or the same?