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What is the difference between Alpha and Beta Glucose?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Mar 29, 2020

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W. Ira

W. Ira

Answered Nov 21, 2019

You may often hear a lot of details about alpha and beta, but you do not actually know the difference between the two. These are often used in the world of finance. Alpha refers to the return of the investment that people may get after they have invested in stocks.

You may often hear a lot of details about alpha and beta, but you do not actually know the
Beta refers to the volatility of the portfolio when it is referred to as the rest of the market. Alpha and Beta are normally used by investment managers so that they can determine the possibility of investments becoming bigger and better in the future. There are still other high-risk calculations that may be used aside from Alpha and Beta.

 

Bobby Rickets

Bobby Rickets, Content Reviewer

Answered Jun 24, 2019

Glucose is a simple monosaccharide or simple sugar with the general molecular formula of C6H12O6. Alpha and Beta Glucose are the two isomers of glucose and going by the definition of isomers, it shows they have the same molecular formula but different structural formula. The different between alpha glucose and beta glucose is the structural differences. Although both alpha and beta glucose have the same number of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, the arrangement of the three elements that make up glucose molecules in alpha glucose is not the same as beta glucose.

Glucose is a simple monosaccharide or simple sugar with the general molecular formula of C6H12O6.
Alpha glucose molecules are arranged in a more loosely manner, which means its molecules can be easily separated, but beta glucose molecules are arranged very closely and they are consequently stable. Alpha glucose is the smallest unit of starch, while beta glucose is the smallest unit of cellulose. Alpha glucose molecules are present in the part of fruits that taste sweet, while beta glucose molecules are present in the other parts.

 

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