We’re being asked to determine the number of chiral centers in the given molecule.
Recall that a stereocenter is an atom that creates stereoisomers after swapping groups. There are two types of stereocenter:
• Chiral center: an atom with 4 different substituents
• Trigonal center: a double bond capable of forming E/Z isomers
If an atom is bonded to at least 2 of the same groups, it’s not a stereocenter. Let’s draw all implied hydrogens and look at each carbon atom in the molecule:
How many stereocenters (chiral centers) are present in this molecule?
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