No conditions are specified.To be precise it is H[up]+[/sup] that is an oxidizer.
What is a starting pH of Benedict's reagent? Will it be affected by the acid presence?
That's precisely what they're asking, and my verdict is no (for the latter two).Sounds to me like they're asking which of those compounds are reducing sugars.
I'd suggest looking into what makes a reducing sugar reducing.
What's the mechanism?
What does the molecule have to look like?
Do these compounds fit the bill?
Except you fail to realize that the question was posted on February of 2009 which is, wait for it, wait for it, LAST YEAR. Newb :P. (I go to UWO and have an organic chemistry lab tomorrow and found this quite hilarious).It also sounds to me like you're in 2nd year organic chem @ UWO, and have a lab coming up :)