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Solution: Write the molecular and structural formulas for the compound...

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Write the molecular and structural formulas for the compound represented by the following molecular model:

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Okay guys, so for this question we have to write the molecular and structural formulas for this compound.

So this is the drawing that they have shown us. We see that we have one carbon atom, and attached to that carbon atom we have one, two, three hydrogens, and attached to carbon we have an oxygen and a hydrogen. Remember when we have an OH group, that represents your alcohol group. So we have one carbon, three hydrogens and an OH, which means that this is an alcohol. So to write your molecular formula, we have CH3OH. Right, we have one carbon atom, three hydrogen atoms and our alcohol group, which is OH.

Now to draw the structural formula, we have our carbon, that's attached to our alcohol group, and the carbon contains: one, two, three hydrogens. So we have one, two, three hydrogens. So this would be our structural formula. So we have CH3 - OH. This is your molecular and once again this is your structural formula.

Let's move on.