What biomolecule is this?

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[tex] C_x (H_2 O)_y [/tex]
What biomolecule is this?
At first I thought carbohydrate but the ratio of hydrogen to carbon is not necessarily 2:1.
And then I said lipid, but then the hydrogen and oxygen are in a ratio of 2:1.
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Sucrose has 22 hydrogens and 12 carbons, which does not yield a hydrogen to carbon ratio of 2:1. Is sucrose still a carbohydrate?

I believe the answer to this question will provide you with the answers you need.
 
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Oh ok, I just wasn't sure.
So it only depends on the ratio of hydrogen to oxygen?
 
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Right. It's a carbohydrate - you can distinguish it by the characteristic hydrogen to oxygen ratio.
 
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