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Alkenes, Alkanes and Polymers!

What is an alkane?

An alkane is a hydrocarbon in which all carbon atoms are bonded by single atoms, this means they are saturated.

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The alkanes are named according to the number of carbon atoms (methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane etc.)

How do you know it's an alkane?

Alkanes don't turn Bromine water colourless!

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What is cracking?

Large hydrocarbon chains can be broken down into smaller, more useful substances, this is called cracking. 

 What conditions does this process need?

The process uses heat and a catalyst.

Why is cracking important?

Large hydrocarbon chains have limited use, due to their lack of flammability.

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