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The following diagrams show Natural Polymers (Amino Acids, Proteins, Glucose, Starch). Scroll down the page for more examples and explanations.

Natural Polymers (Amino Acids, Proteins, Glucose, Starch)

How to make carbohydrates?
Complex carbohydrates consists of a large number of sugar units joined together by condensation polymerisation.

How to make proteins?
Proteins possess the same (amide) linkages as nylon, but consists of different units of amino acids joined together by condensation polymerisation. Hydrolysis of Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats
Describe the hydrolysis of proteins to amino acids.
Describe the hydrolysis of complex carbohydrates (e.g. starch), by acids or enzymes to give simple sugars Chromatography of Amino Acids
Describe, in outline, the usefulness of chromatography in separating and identifying the products of hydrolysis of proteins.

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