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    Why do cis and trans isomeric compounds exhibit different properties?

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    Isomers are molecules that have the same molecular formula, but have a different arrangement of the atoms in space. Geometric isomerism (also known as cis / trans isomerism) is a form of stereoisomerism. These isomers occur where you have restricted rotation somewhere in a molecule.

    Geometric isomers are the cis and trans isomers.

    trans isomer: from latin meaning "across"

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    Isomers are molecules that have the same molecular formula, but have a different arrangement of the atoms in space. Geometric isomerism (also known as cis / trans isomerism) is a form of stereoisomerism.

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