What is the difference between alpha and beta glucose?
They differ in the orientation of the
When the straight-chain form of glucose closes to form a ring, it forms a new chiral centre at
This gives two different structures.
Their Haworth formulas are
To assign the α or β configurations to these forms, you look at the relative positions of
In the α- form (Structure 1), the
In the β- form (Structure 2), the