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Conformational itinerary

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A conformational itinerary is a description of the conformational changes that a molecule undergoes in changing from one conformation to another. In the case of a pyranose ring the conformational changes can be represented on a conformational map. Such a conformational map can be drawn as a polar projectin, centred on a chair conformation; alternatively, a Mercator-like projection can be drawn with conformations shown in a grid. For a more detailed discussion see the excellent book by J. Fraser Stoddard [1].

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Chair/skew/boat/half-chair conformational polar projection

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  1. Stereochemistry of Carbohydrates, J. Fraser Stoddart, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1971, 264 pages.