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    Hey guys,

    I know to find a chiral carbon atom in an enantiomer, you can simple find the carbon with 4 different functional groups. Is there an easy way/shortcut to tell if a monosaccharide is an anomer or epimer?
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    (Original post by Waqar.)
    Hey guys,

    I know to find a chiral carbon atom in an enantiomer, you can simple find the carbon with 4 different functional groups. Is there an easy way/shortcut to tell if a monosaccharide is an anomer or epimer?
    All anomers are epimers. Anomers are simply epimers in which the hemiacetal carbon is inverted. Not sure what there is to get confused about?
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    (Original post by Waqar.)
    Hey guys,

    I know to find a chiral carbon atom in an enantiomer, you can simple find the carbon with 4 different functional groups. Is there an easy way/shortcut to tell if a monosaccharide is an anomer or epimer?
    Just because the carbon has 4 different constituents doesn't mean it is chiral... be careful. The only way to be certain is to actually compare it to the molecules mirror image.
 
 
 
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