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is ethanol chiral?

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    Why would it be chiral?

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    It is not chiral.

    for a molecule to be chiral it has to have 4 DIFFERENT substituents

    ethanol (either carbon)
    has one substituent which is a cH3 (methyl) and 3 other hydrogens so there is a repeat of 3 hydrogens and thus it is not chiral.

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