Stereochemistry, Chirality, and Optical Activity

Problem # 744

After a sample of optically pure (S)-2-ethyl-cyclohexanone is dissolved in an aqueous solution for several hours, a significant loss of optical activity is observed. Explain.

Problem # 532

Let's work through a chiral resolution. Write out the structure of the indicated compound in each box. Include stereochemistry.

Why is it possible to separate the (R,R) and (R,S) salts?