# Explain how carbohydrates are structured in a 1:2:1 ratio. Which atom does each number in this ratio represent?

Mar 9, 2017

#### Answer:

Let's take the very common carbohydrate, sugar...........

#### Explanation:

Sugar has a formula of ${C}_{6} {H}_{12} {O}_{6}$, which, of course, has an empirical formula of $1 : 2 : 1$ with respect to $C$, $H$, and $O$, or an empirical formula of $C {H}_{2} O$.