Saturday, 9 October 2010

Developing Fuels: Unorthodox Hydrocarbons

Some Hydrocarbons don’t follow the general formulae.

Hydrocarbons are categorised according to the longest chain available in the compound.

For example:
This Butane that has 5 Carbons, and 12 Hydrogens.
It is still considered a butane, as its longest chain holds four Carbons.
To include the new added Carbon, it is called a Methyl-Butane.
We refer to it as 2 – MethylButane to indicate that the added Carbon branches off the 2nd carbon in the longest chain.

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