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Alkane

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    16912
  • An alkane is a saturated hydrocarbon whose molecule contains only open carbon chains.  An open carbon chain is one whose terminals can be identified.

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    This molecule has one carbon chain and its terminals can be identified.

     

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    This molecule has three carbon chains and their terminals can be identified.