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Will we need to know how to write out the mechanisms for the sugar-folding reactions? Will we just need to know basic things about the reaction, or just that sugars can be straight/cyclic, as well as how to name them?

MCB 150 students will never be asked about mechanisms in this class. It is sufficient to me that you understand how we would recognize a hexose versus a pentose, or an aldose versus a ketose, and that these sugars exist in an equilibrium between linear and circularized forms -- that conceptual level.

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