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Swankitaraj from JAGRAN PUBLIC SCHOOL, asked a question
Subject: Chemistry , asked on 26/7/12

 WHY SUCROSE DOES NOT GIVE MUTA ROTATION ?

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Kirti Gogia , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 27/7/12

Mutarotation is defined as the spontaneous change in the specific rotation of the optically active compound. This can occur only if there is a free OH group present on anomeric carbon atom (i.e. there is a free aldehydic or ketonic group present). 

As sucrose is a non reducing sugar (because the OH groups at the both the anomeric carbon atoms are involved in a bond)

it will ot undergo mutarotation. Also it will not give Benedict's test, Fehling's test and tollen's test, which is given readily by most of the aldehydes.

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