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3: Molecular Level: Biomolecules, the Organic Compounds Associated With Living Organisms

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    11105
    • 3.1: Organic Compounds
    • 3.2: Chemical Reactions
    • 3.3: Carbohydrates
      Carbohydrates are classified into three subtypes: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. Monosaccharides and disaccharides are also called simple carbohydrates, and are generally referred to as sugars. Simple carbohydrates are small polar molecules, containing several –OH functional groups, which makes them hydrophilic (they dissolve well in water). Polysaccharides, also called complex carbohydrates, are large non polar molecules, and they are not hydrophilic.
    • 3.4: Lipids
    • 3.5: Proteins
    • 3.6: Nucleic Acids