The Sucrose Molecule - rotatable in 3 dimensions

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Sucrose is a disaccharide - formula C12H22O11 - consisting of one glucose unit combined with one fructose unit.

The two sugars are linked (via an alpha 1,2 glycosidic bond) - effectively an oxygen bridge - formed as a result of a condensation reaction.

There are 12 carbon atoms, and 2 ring-shaped structures, each containing an oxygen atom.

The glucose ring - initially on the left side - is a 6-sided structure (5 carbons and an oxygen), whereas the fructose ring - on the right side - is a 5-sided structure (4 carbons and an oxygen)


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