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
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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