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Bonding

The Name's Bond. Chemical Bond.Take a minute and look around the room. Those six-month-old jellybeans are still sitting on the desk, the pile of junk mail is still building in the corner, and the s...

The Role of Electrons

Why Are They Always So Negative?What is so significant about Nobel gases, the atoms found in the far right column? These elements are the most stable of the lot and are not involved in reactions. T...

Alkanes

The Rain in Spain Comes Mostly from AlkanesAlkanes are the simplest hydrocarbons, following the formula CnH2n+2.If alkanes were people, they would be seen skipping through the park laughing. This i...

Alkenes

We Dream of AlkenesAlkenes are also simple hydrocarbons, following the formula CnH2n. Alkenes differ from alkanes in that they contain at least one double bond. They can also contain many double bo...

Alkynes

It Takes AlkynesAlkynes take alkanes to the next level…all the way up to a triple bond. Just like the "triple-dog dare" is the most intense level of dares, the triple bond is the most intense car...

Structural Formulas and Isomers

Stuck in a Structural Rut? It's Time to Rearrange.The endless possibilities of hydrocarbon configurations are oddly similar to the pantry competition on Top Chef. In this competition, chefs are giv...

Functional Groups

Functional, Yet StylishWhen we first met alkanes early in this chapter, we learned that they could be thought of as the things that the more reactive portions (functional groups) of the molecule ar...

Macromolecules

Large and in ChargeOrganic chemistry and biology overlap often, with one of the best examples being macromolecules. Macromolecules are very large hydrocarbons containing functional groups and addit...

Test Your Knowledge

Bonding1. If a neutral atom gains an electron it becomes a(n)a) covalent bondb) ionic bondc) cationd) anione) valence electron2. The molecule C6H12O6 has what kind of bonding?a) Valence bondingb) I...

Made From Trees

Carey, Francis A. Organic Chemistry. New York: McGraw-Hill, 5th edition 2003. Mascetta, Joseph A. Barrons SAT Subject Test: Chemistry. Hauppauge: Barrons Educational, 2012. Shakhashiri, Bassam Z an...
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