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    In a displayed formula, why are the hydroxyl groups in sugars written without a dash between them? The Hydroxyl groups, carbon atoms and hydrogen atoms have dashes between each other, but the hydroxyl groups are simply written as a single unit.
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    (Original post by jpepsred)
    In a displayed formula, why are the hydroxyl groups in sugars written without a dash between them? The Hydroxyl groups, carbon atoms and hydrogen atoms have dashes between each other, but the hydroxyl groups are simply written as a single unit.
    Ok so the definition of displayed formula is to show all bonds between atoms

    Structural formula can take many forms. It can be shown as CH3OH or it can be shown exactly the same as displayed but without the bond shown between OH when drawn.

    So essentially Bond between OH shown=Displayed
    Bond between OH not shown=Structural
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    (Original post by will'o'wisp)
    Ok so the definition of displayed formula is to show all bonds between atoms

    Structural formula can take many forms. It can be shown as CH3OH or it can be shown exactly the same as displayed but without the bond shown between OH when drawn.

    So essentially Bond between OH shown=Displayed
    Bond between OH not shown=Structural
    Thanks, I think that clears it up. My book just as an error in it. That's the pain of self-studying.
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    Thanks, I think that clears it up. My book just as an error in it. That's the pain of self-studying.
    yup :/
 
 
 
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