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How many atoms does one molecule of sugar have?

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Answered 2018-04-07 22:34:48

The term "sugar" can refer to many different molecules.


Simple sugars have the formula Cn(H2O)n .

To be able to answer your question you need to know at least how many carbon, hydrogen, or oxygen atoms are in your sugar molecule or the name of the sugar molecule. So, if you had 6 carbon atoms in your simple sugar you would have the formula C6H12O6.

Note that this is the the molecular formula for Glucose & Fructose, where the two sugars have different structures (Glucose is a aldohexose, and Fructose is a ketohexose).


The simplest sugar is Glucose and this has the chemical formula C6H12O6

It is thus made of

6 Carbon atoms

12 Hydrogen atoms

6 Oxygen atoms

Making a total of 12 atoms.

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