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Organic chemistry. Organic Compounds. Organic Compounds - any covalently bonded compound containing carbon except carbonates CO 3 - , carbon monoxide CO, carbon dioxide CO 2 and acetates C 2 H 3 O 2 -. A. Organic Nomenclature. General Characteristics of Organic Molecules.

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Organic compounds
Organic Compounds

  • Organic Compounds - any covalently bonded compound containing carbon

  • except carbonates CO3-, carbon monoxide CO, carbon dioxide CO2 andacetates C2H3O2-

General characteristics of organic molecules
General Characteristics of Organic Molecules

  • Carbon always forms 4 covalent bonds

  • due to its hybridization of its s and p

  • orbitals

  • Stabilities of organic molecules
    Stabilities of Organic Molecules

    • Carbon forms very strong bonds between H, O, N, and halogens.

    • Carbon also forms strong bonds with itself.

    • Therefore, C can form stable long chain or ring

  • structures.

    • Bond strength increases from single to double to

      • triple bond.

    • Bond length decreases in the same direction.


    • Hydrocarbons- Organic compounds that contain only carbon & hydrogen

    • Alkanes- contain only single covalent bonds

    • Alkenes- contain one or more carbon - carbon

    • double bond

    • Alkynes- contain one or more carbon-carbon triple

    • bond

    Saturated unsaturated hydrocarbons
    Saturated & Unsaturated Hydrocarbons

    • Saturated hydrocarbons – contain only single carbon-carbon bonds (alkanes)

    • Unsaturated hydrocarbons – contain double

    • carbon-carbon bonds (alkenes)

    • or triple carbon-carbon (alkynes) bonds


    • Alkanes = CnH2n+2

    • Alkenes = CnH2n

    • Alkynes = CnH2n-2


    • Must memorize prefixes

    • To name, look at the formula for the hydrocarbon

    • Determine if it is an alkane, alkene, or alkyne

    • Use the prefix for the number of carbons

    • Add ending (ane, ene, yne)

    Structural formulas
    Structural Formulas

    • “Lazy” way to write the Hydrogens

    • Instead of drawing the bonds, just state how many hydrogens are attached

    • NOTE: The bonds are between CARBONS in a parent chain, and not hydrogens!

    Structural Formula

    Lewis Structure

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    • B. the first ten alkanes

    • CH4 - methane

    • C2H6 - ethane

    • C3H8 - propane

    • C4Hl0 - butane

    • C5H12- pentane

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    • C6H14 - hexane

    • C7H16 - heptane

    • C8H18 - octane

  • C9H20 - nonane

  • C10H22 - decane

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    C. the general formula is CnH 2n +2

    1. where n stands for the number of carbons

    D. Branched chain saturated hydrocarbons

    1. must name the longest straight chain

    2. number the straight chain so the branches

    have the lowest number

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    3 list the branches in alphabetical order

    e.g. 3-ethyl 2 methyl hexane

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    e.g. 3-ethyl 2 methyl hexane

    Draw back bone for compound = in this case it is hexane











    Number the carbons

    Attach branch group

    Make sure all C have 4 bonds

    Designate the location
    Designate the Location

    Designate the location (number of the carbon on

    the parent chain) for each attached group


    1 2 3 4 5

    2 - methyl pentane

    Some simple alkanes
    Some Simple Alkanes


    • 2,2-dimethylbutane


    • 2,3-dimethylbutane

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    II. Types of formulas

    Structural formulas - shows the

    structure of a molecule

    B. Condensed structural formulas

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  • e.g. cyclohexane

  • Drawing and naming cycloalkanes
    Drawing and Naming Cycloalkanes

    Cycloalkanes are represented by polygons. A triangle represents cyclopropane, a square represents cyclobutane, a pentagon represents cyclopentane, and so on.

    Alkenes and alkynes
    Alkenes and Alkynes

    • Unsaturated

      • contain carbon-carbon double and triple bond to which more hydrogen atoms can be added.

    • Alkenes: carbon-carbon double bonds

    • Alkynes: carbon-carbon triple bonds.

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    IV. alkenes - doubled bonded hydrocarbons considered

    to be unsaturated

    a. the double bond is located between two C

    i. ethene

    • H- C = C - H

    • I I

  • H H

  • b. change the ane ending to ene

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    c. in very large molecules you must give a number

    where the double bond begins

    e.g. 2- butene

    d. If there are more than one double bond the ene

    is preceded by number of double bonds

    1.3 pentadiene

    V. Alkynes - triple bonded hydrocarbons - also unsaturated

    A. the triple bond is located between the two C

    1. ethyne


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    B. change the ane ending to yne

    C. must also indicate where the triple bond starts

    e.g. 2-pentyne

    Naming alkenes and alkynes
    Naming Alkenes and Alkynes

    When the carbon chain has 4 or more C atoms, number the chain to give the lowest number to the double or triple bond.

    1 2 3 4

    CH2=CHCH2CH3 1-butene

    CH3CH=CHCH3 2-butene CH3CCCH3 2-butyne


    • Alkanes (all C-C single bonded parent chain) end in –ane

      • MethaneCH4

      • EthaneC2H6

      • PropaneC3H8

    • Attached carbon groups (substituents) end in –yl

      • Methyl CH3 -

      • EthylCH3CH2-

      • Propyl CH3CH2CH2 –  


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    VII alkyl halides

    The attachment of a Halogen to a carbon group

    (F, Cl, Br, I)

    Chloro methane

    dicloro, difluoro methane

    2 – bromo butane

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    VII. alcohols - contain OH groups

    A. ethanol

    B. change the e to ol

    C. methane to methanol

    VIIIKetones - contains double bonded oxygen

    located anywhere but the end

    A. change to e to one

    B. propane to propanone

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    IXaldehydes - contains double bonded oxygen only

    at the end

    A. change e to al

    B. ethane to ethanal

    X carboxylic Acid - contain a double bonded oxygen

    and a hydroxylgroup

    A. change to e to oic acid

    B. ethane to ethanoic acid

    X I ethers

    A. two alkyl groups attached to an oxygen

    B. dimethyl ether

    Aromatic compounds and benzene
    Aromatic Compounds and Benzene

    Aromatic compounds contain benzene.

    Benzene, C6H6 , is represented as a six carbon ring with 3 double bonds.

    Two possible resonance structures can be drawn to show benzene in this form.

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    When Benzene rings are attached to groups that have higher priorities – it is

    known as a phenyl group (C6H5-)

    Functional groups
    Functional Groups priorities – it is

    Functional groups1
    Functional Groups priorities – it is

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    CO priorities – it is2H

















    R-,C6H5-,Cl-, Br-, NO2

    Isomers priorities – it is

    • Straight chain alkanes: An alkane that has all its carbons connected in a row.

    Branched chain alkanes: An alkane that has a

    branching connection of carbons.

    • Isomers:Compounds with same molecular formula

    • but different structures.

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    F. structural isomers priorities – it is

    1. same molecular formula put differ in

    structural formula

    2. 4 carbon alkane has two possible isomers

    3. C5H12 has 3 isomers

    4. C6H14 has 5 isomers

    5. C10H22has 75

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    • Carbons in butane (C priorities – it is4H10) can be arranged in two ways; four carbons in a row (linear alkane) or a branching (branched alkane). These two structures are two isomers for butane.

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    Learning check
    Learning Check have different structures, different physical properties such as melting point and boiling point, and may have different physiological properties.

    • Draw all possible structural isomers of C5H12


    2-methlyl butane

    2,2 – dimethyl propane

    Example have different structures, different physical properties such as melting point and boiling point, and may have different physiological properties.

    • Name C3H8

    • This falls under the equation CnH2n+2

    • Therefore it is an alkane

    • Since n=3 we will use the prefix prop

    • Since it is an alkane we will use the ending ane

    • propane

    Example have different structures, different physical properties such as melting point and boiling point, and may have different physiological properties.

    • What is the formula for octene?

    • Since the ending is -ene we know that it is an alkene (CnH2n)

    • Since the prefix is oct we know there are 8 carbons

    • C8H16

    Example have different structures, different physical properties such as melting point and boiling point, and may have different physiological properties.

    • Name C5H12

    • 5 carbons = pent

    • CnH2n+2 = alkane (ane)

    • pentane