Problem: For the molecule propane, give the: a) molecular formula b) condensed structural formula c) complete structural formula

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Molecular formula → shows umber of atoms of each element in molecule 

Condensed formula → shows atoms in the order that they appear (bonding) → but omits bonds

Structural formula → shows all atoms and all bonds (similar to a Lewis structure)

  • C prefers 4 bonds
  • H forms only 1 bond


  • prop → 3 Carbons
  • -ane → alkane (CnH2n+2)
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For the molecule propane, give the: 

a) molecular formula 

b) condensed structural formula 

c) complete structural formula