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What is the c-c-c angle of an unbranched chain?

109.5 degrees


Give an example of an unbranched chain



Give an example of a branched chain

Methylbutane which is an isomer of pentane


What is the general molecular formula of ring alkanes and explain why

CnH2n because the end hydrogens are not required


Name the first six alkanes

Methane Ethane Propane Butane Pentane Hexane


How do you name straight chain alkanes?

Alkanes are named from the root, which tells us the number of carbon atoms, and the suffix -ane, denoting an alkane.


How do you name branched chain alkanes

You must first find the longest unbranched chain which gives the root name. Then name the branches as prefixes and add numbers to say which carbon atoms the side chains are attached to.


What happens to the number of isomers when the chain length increases

The number of isomers rise rapidly with chain length


Panay is the general formula for all chain alkanes



What is the polarity of alkanes and why

They are almost non-polar because the electronegativities of carbon and hydrogen are so similar. So the only intermolecular forces are between the molecules are weak van der waals and the larger the molecule the stronger the van der waals.


Explain the boiling points of alkanes

The shorter chains are gases at room temperature. At a chain length of about 18 carbons, the alkanes become solids at room temperature. Alkanes with branched chains have a lower melting point than straight chain alkanes with the same number of carbon atoms. This is because they cannot be packet together as closely as unbranched chains so the van der waals forces are not as effective.


Explain the solubility of alkanes

They are insoluble in water because the water molecules are held together by hydrogen bonds which are much stronger than the van der waals forces that act between the alkane molecules. However alkanes do mix with other relatively non-polar liquids.


How do alkanes react

They are relatively unreactive. They have strong carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds. They do not react with acids,bases,oxidising agents and reducing agents. However they burn and react with halogens under suitable conditions. They burn in a plentiful supply oxygen to form carbon dioxide and water (in a restricted supply of oxygen they form carbon monoxide or carbon)


What are alkanes

Alkanes are saturated hydrocarbons which contain only carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen single bonds. They are among the least reactive organic compounds.


What is the main source of alkanes

Crude oil


Why are alkanes very important to industry

They are used as fuels and lubricants and as starting materials for a range of other compounds.


Why are long chain hydrocarbons shortened?

Shorter hydrocarbons are more useful so sell for more. Therefore long chain hydrocarbons are often 'cracked' into smaller hydrocarbons to meet demand and sell for more money?


How does thermal cracking work?

Between 700K and 1200K and 7000kPa. C-C bonds get broken to form 2 free radicals. One forms an alkene and loses a hydrogen. The other takes a hydrogen and becomes a smaller alkane.


How does catalytic cracking work?

720K, lower pressure than thermal cracking but more than atmospheric. Zeolite catalyst (honeycomb structure of silicon and aluminium dioxides). Produces motor fuels, branched alkanes and some cycloalkanes.


Why do sulfur impurities in hydrocarbon fuels make it particularly bad for the environment?

The sulfur reacts with water vapour and oxygen to form sulfuric acid, which makes acid rain.


What is flue gas desulfurisation?

The process of removing sulfur from the gases given out by power stations.


What are the 2 ways in which flue gas desulfurisation is done?

1) with CaO, water and oxygen to make gypsum which can be sold. CaO+2H2O+1/2O2+SO2--> CaSO4-2H2O 2)With calcium carbonate CaCO3+1/2O2+SO2--> CaSO4+CO2


What is the essential condition needed for free radical substitution?

It needs to be under UV light.


What is the initiation step for C2H6 +F2?

F2-->2F. with UV light as a catalyst.


What are tthe 2 propogation steps for C2H6 +F2?

C2H6+F.--> C2H5.+HF C2H5. + F2 C2H5F +F.


What are two possible termination steps for C2H6 +F2?

F. + C2H5. --> C2H5F C2H5. + C2H5. --> C4H10


What is the general formula for an alkane?



Are alkanes saturated or unsaturated?

Saturated because no more bonds can be made


What are the first six alkanes (length of carbon chains)?

Methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, hexane


Alkanes are useful as fuels. Write a balanced symbol equation for the complete combustion of propane

C3H8+5O2 -> 3CO2+4H2O