Carbohydrates are a group of nutrients that include sugars and
starches. The most familiar carbohydrate building block is probably
glucose. Glucose is the basic "fuel" of living things. During the
process of cellular respiration, glucose breaks down and releases
the energy needed to maintain life processes.
● Gum drops (variety of colors)
1. Examine the supply of gumdrops that you will be using to
assemble your molecular models. Now, consider the formula of
glucose, C6H12O6. Based on this
formula, how should you assign specific colors to the component
atoms? (The most common color should be assigned to hydrogen, since
hydrogen atoms are the most numerous.)
2. To build the ring version of glucose, let's construct a closed
ring formed by five carbon atoms and one oxygen atom.