An unknown carbohydrate could be reduced by a series of steps to a compound with five carbons. It does give a positive Benedicts test and it has two chiral carbons. What is the structure consistent with these facts?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 4:46 pm ad1c9bdddf
What do we know?
1. The sugar is a five-carbon sugar.
2. The sugar is a reducing sugar, since it gives a positive reaction with Benedict's test.
3. The sugar has only two chiral carbons.
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