I'm a bit confused on enantiomers, diastereomers, and then a 180 flip meaning being "the same". I know enantiomers are mirror images that can't be placed one on top of the other. I also know diastereomers are non-mirror images. Then when diastereomers are flipped 180 degrees they can be considered "the same". Why couldn't that be said for enantiomers too when flipped 180 degrees? Thank you!

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I'm a bit confused on enantiomers, diastereomers, and then a 180 flip meaning being "the same". I know enantiomers are mirror images that can't be placed one on top of the other. I also know diastereomers are non-mirror images. Then when diastereomers are flipped 180 degrees they can be considered "the same". Why couldn't that be said for enantiomers too when flipped 180 degrees?

 Thank you! 

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Stereoisomer is a form of isomers, in which molecules have the same molecular formula and sequences of bonded atoms, but they exhibit different three-dimensional orientation of atoms in space.  Stereoisomer can...

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