Life: The Science of Biology 11th Edition

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1-31901-016-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-31901-016-4

Chapter 3 - Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Lipids - 3.1 - Macromolecules Characterize Living Things - 3.1 Recap - Learning Outcomes - Page 45: 5


Structural isomers differ in their bond linkage and geometric, or cis-trans isomers differ in their geometry. Optical isomers differ in their interaction with plane-polarized light.

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Though structural isomers have the same atoms, the atoms and bonds are arranged differently between isomers. Cis-trans isomers are prevalent in molecules' double bonds and have different configurations that affect a range of properties including polarity and the melting point.
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