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Carbon atoms in glycerol and pyruvate
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Befuddled by physics?  Stymied by science?  Then ask Dr. Volt!
 
Dr. Volt, certified Mad Scientist, will take your questions, scrutinize them over a Bunsen burner, and post the answers here!  You can also search the archives for answers to past questions.
 



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Greetings!

I've been taking a short sabbatical following the completion of my Mad Scientist Training Academy at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, but have no fear, Dr. Volt, certified mad scientist, has returned to continue to take your questions.

Today's question comes from Lily who asks, "How many carbon atoms there are in glycerol and pyruvate?"

Well Lily, this is actually a very simple question indeed. All we need to do is look up the molecular formula of each chemical to determine the number of carbon atoms per molecule. Glycerol's molecular formula is C3H5(OH)3, which gives it three carbon atoms per molecule. Pyruvate is an ionic form of pyruvic acid. Pyruvic acid has a molecular formula of CH3COCOOH, while pyruvate's molecular formula is CH3COCOO-, but both have a total of three carbon atoms per molecule.

Thank you for your question, Lily!


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