Mutarotation in Chemistry: Definition, Mechanism & Examples

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What is specific rotation?

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1. What is mutarotation?

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Imagine you have a compound with two isomers, isomer 'a' and 'b'. The specific rotation of isomer 'a' is 15° and the specific rotation of isomer 'b' is 87° . You put pure isomer 'a' into a solution and it slowly changes the specific rotation until it reaches equilibrium at 64°. You put pure isomer 'b' into a solution and it slowly changes the specific rotation until it reaches equilibrium at 64°.

2. Which of the following best explains what is probably happening?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments were created to test how much you know about mutarotation in chemistry. Quiz topics include the definitions of specific rotation and mutarotation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here are some of the topics you'll be covering:

  • Specific rotation that's reaching an equilibrium point
  • Compound with two isomers
  • Mutarotation of glucose

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define mutarotation and specific rotation
  • Making connections - use your understanding of specific rotation and how it's connected to a compound with two isomers reaching an equilibrium point
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way mutarotation occurs in glucose

Additional Learning

Find out more about chemical compounds with the lesson called Mutarotation in Chemistry: Definition, Mechanism & Examples. The areas covered in the lesson include:

  • Molecule changes from one isomer into another
  • Specific rotation of glucose in water
  • Common mutarotations of sugar molecules
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