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Type Of Formula What it Shows Formula for Butan-1-ol
General Describes any member of a CnH2n+1OH
family of compounds.
Empirical Simplest ratio of atoms of each C4H10O
element in a compound.
Molecular Actual number of atoms of C4H9OH
each element in a molecule,
with any functional groups
indicated.
Structural Shows the atoms C by C with CH3CH2CH2CH2OH
the attached H and functional
groups.
Displayed Shows how all the atoms are
arranged, and all the bonds
between them.
Skeletal Shows the bonds of the C
skeleton only, with any
functional groups.

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