Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 21 - Sections 21.1-21.7 - Exercises - Review Questions: 16

Answer

Amino acids have four different groups bonded to the alpha carbon.

Work Step by Step

A chiral compound has four different groups bonded to a carbon atom. In an amino acid, alpha carbon is bonded to a hydrogen atom, an amine group $(NH_{2})$, a carboxylic group $(COOH)$, and $R$ group/side chain that differs in all amino acids.
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