Alkanes

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  • Saturated hydrocarbons

hydrocarbon - compound made up of hydrogen & carbon atoms

saturated - all carbon atoms are joined by simple covalent bonds

  • Alkanes have a general formula:

Cn H2n + 2

where n is the no. of carbon atoms

e.g.

C2H6 (2 x 2 = 4 +2 = 6)

C40H82 (2 x 40 = 80 + 2

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