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Problem: Classify the following carbohydrates as either reducing sugars or non-reducing sugars.

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What is a Reducing Sugar?

  • Any straight-chain monosaccharide
  • Any cyclic monosaccharide, disaccharide or sugar derivative with cyclic hemiacetal groups
    • Hemiacetal groups can be hydrolyzed to straight-chain saccharides. Acetals cannot.

There are no straight-chain sugars in the given so we simply need to find ones that have the cyclic hemiacetal group. 

  • Highlight the hemiacetal found in reducing sugars. 
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Classify the following carbohydrates as either reducing sugars or non-reducing sugars.

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