Discuss the optical activity of lactic acid

There is an asymmetric chiral carbon atom in lactic acid, along with four different groups that lead to two spatial configurations. These configurations are super imposable mirror images of each other.

The structure of two enantiomers of lactic acid are:

Enantiomers of lactic acid

Optical activity is defined as the property of rotating the plane of polarized light towards right or towards left.

d-lactic acid rotates the plane of polarized light towards right, whereas l-lactic acid rotates the plane of polarized light towards left.

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