Problem: Cyclopropane is an interesting hydrocarbon. Instead of having three carbons in a row, the three carbons form a ring, as shown in this perspective drawing (see the figure for a prior example of this kind of drawing):Cyclopropane was at one time used as an anesthetic, but its use was discontinued, in part because it is highly inflammable.The three carbon atoms are necessarily in a plane. What do the different wedges mean?

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When drawing structures:

solid lines (sticks) → chemical bonds in the plane of the surface

dashed lines → bonds that extend back behind the surface or away from you

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Cyclopropane is an interesting hydrocarbon. Instead of having three carbons in a row, the three carbons form a ring, as shown in this perspective drawing (see the figure for a prior example of this kind of drawing):
Cyclopropane was at one time used as an anesthetic, but its use was discontinued, in part because it is highly inflammable.
Three Cs are single bonded together, forming a triangular shape. Each C is also single bonded to two Hs, one with a solid wedge and one with a dashed wedge.

The three carbon atoms are necessarily in a plane. What do the different wedges mean?

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