write the structure of glucose

Asked by  | 4th Jul, 2008, 07:28: PM

Expert Answer:

Glucose is an example of a carbohydrate which is commonly encountered . It is also known as blood sugar, and dextrose.

Its chemical formula is C6H12O6, and this empirical formula is shared by other sugars - called hexoses - 6 carbon sugars. You may wish to know in some detail how these 24 atoms are arranged in the molecule of glucose – the structural formula.

In some books you may see diagrams of the glucose molecule looking like this: This so-called stick diagram really only describes how things are in dry (powder) glucose.

In life - in your blood and inside cells of plants and animals - most of the glucose consists of molecules shaped into a ring (actually a 6-sided figure, a hexagon) which may be drawn with this fairly simple format:

 

Answered by  | 4th Jul, 2008, 10:19: PM

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