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(a) Which conformer, K or L is predicted to be more stable? Explain your answer (Note: a methoxy group is smaller than a methyl group). (b) Assign the absolute (R or S) configurations for each of the chiral carbons in carbohydrates M and N. Are either of these compounds optically active? Briefly explain your answer.

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Please find attached the solution to the problem you posted. It should be fairly self-explanatory. I would suggest that you read up on the anomeric effect and also on Fischer projections and the Cahn-Ingold-Prelog sequencing rules. This will help you tackle a problem like this in the future.

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