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  1. Hydrocarbons L. Scheffler IB Chemistry 3-4. Lincoln H.S. 1

  2. Hydrocarbons • Hydrocarbons are organic compounds that contain only hydrogen and carbon • Types of hydrocarbons include • Alkanes • Alkenes • Alkynes • Aromatic 2

  3. Alkanes • Alkanes have only carbon to carbon single bonds • Every carbon has four chemical bonds either to hydrogen or another carbon atom 3

  4. Alkane Structures • Alkanes have only carbon to carbon single bonds. • Each time a carbon atom is added to the chain there are also two hydrogen atoms added. 4

  5. Alkane Structures • With carbon chains that are four carbon atoms or longer there are multiple ways to arrange the carbon chains. 5

  6. Alkane Structures • Compounds that have the same molecular formula but different structural formulas are called Structural Isomers. The carbon chain may be consecutive or branched Straight chain Straight chain Double Branched chain Branched chain Branched chain 6

  7. Alkenes • Alkenes have one (or more) carbon to carbon double bonds • Since there are fewer hydrogen atoms in alkenes as a result of the double bond, alkenes are referred to as unsaturated. • Alkanes on the other hand have the maximum number of hydrogen atoms. They are referred to as saturated. 7

  8. Alkene Structures • Like alkanes, alkenes can have branched or consecutive chains. In the larger alkenes there are also multiple locations for the C=C. Hence multiple structural isomers are possible. Straight chain. The double bond is between the second and third carbon Branched chain Straight chain. The double bond is between the first and second carbon 8

  9. Alkynes • Alkynes have one (or more) carbon to carbon triple bonds • Since there are fewer hydrogen atoms in alkynes as a result of the triple bond, alkynes like alkenes are referred to as unsaturated. 9

  10. Alkyne Structures • Like alkanes and alkenes, alkynes can have branched or consecutive chains. In the larger alkenes there are also multiple locations for the C=C. Multiple structural isomers are possible. The branch cannot originate on one of the carbons making up the triple bond Branched chain. The triple bond can occur in one of the branches but branches cannot be attached to any carbon in the triple bond Straight chain. The triple bond is between the second and third carbon Straight chain. The triple bond is between the first and second carbon 10

  11. Ring Structures • Hydrocarbons that exist in chains are known as aliphatic hydrocarbons • The ends of a chain may be joined to form a ring structure. • These compounds are known as cyclic structures 11

  12. Saturated Cyclic Hydrocarbons • A number of the smaller alkanes exist as cyclic structures including • Cyclopropane • Cyclobutane • Cyclopentane • Cyclohexane 12

  13. Saturated Cyclic Hydrocarbons Cyclic alkanes have the general formula CnH2n. The additional C-C bond results in the loss of two hydrogen atoms 13

  14. Unsaturated Cyclic Hydrocarbons – • A few cyclic hydrocarbons may contain C=C double bonds. Two of the most common are cyclopentene and cyclohexene shown in the diagram at the left 14

  15. Cyclic Hydrocarbons –Condensed structures • Writing structural formulas for cyclic hydrocarbons can be tedious. These short form structures are commonly used. • Each vertex represents a carbon atom and it is implied that there are enough H atoms on each vertex to make four bonds 15

  16. Aromatic Structures • The benzene ring is a common structure in organic molecules • It consists of 6 carbon atoms and 6 hydrogen atoms. • One would predict that there should also be 3 C=C bonds in a benzene ring 16

  17. Aromatic Structures • Further investigation reveals that the double bonds are not distinct in benzene. Rather it is a resonance hybrid. • Either of these structures could be used to represent benzene. 17

  18. Aromatic Structures • Research shows that there are no differences in the C to C bonds in benzene. • The current view of benzene holds that there are 6 C-C single bonds and 3 pairs or 6 delocalized electrons 18

  19. Aromatic Structures • The structure of benzene is shown as either of these two structures, or as a circle in a hexagon which depicts that the electrons are delocalized 19

  20. Fused Aromatic Structures • Aromatic hydrocarbons are not limited to a single ring • The fused ring structure shown is Naphthalene 20

  21. Reactions of Hydrocarbons • Hydrocarbons tend to be very unreactive compounds when compared to other organic molecules. • Most hydrocarbons are flammable. They burn in the presence of oxygen to form carbon dioxide and water vapor. • Examples: 21

  22. Reactions of Hydrocarbons • Most Hydrocarbons undergo substitution reactions in the presence of ultraviolet light • Examples: 22

  23. Reactions of Alkenes • Hydrocarbons that have –C=C- undergo addition reactions. 23

  24. Petroleum • Crude oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons formed over along period of time from the slow decay of plant and animal matter • It is separated by distillation into a variety of fractions 24

  25. Petroleum • Crude 25

  26. Gasoline • Gasoline is a mixture of hydrocarbons. • The grade of a gasoline is based on a system known as an octane rating. • Isooctane is a major component in gasoline that burns evenly. It has octane rating of 100 • Heptane burns with small explosions and tends to cause engines to “knock” • The octane rating is the percentage of isooctane in the gasoline mixture • For an example: Gasoline with an octane rating of 87% isooctane and 13 % heptane. 26

  27. Natural Gas • Natural gas is about 85% methane 27

  28. Halogenoalkanes or Alkyl Halides • Halogenoalkanes are compounds in which one or more hydrogen atoms in an alkane have been replaced by halogen atoms (fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine). • Halogenoalkanes are commonly known as alkyl halides 28

  29. Halogenoalkanes or Alkyl Halides • Depending on the location of the halogen atom, halogenoalkanes may be primary secondary or tertiary 29

  30. Boiling Points of Halogenoalkanes • The boiling point depends on the halide Cl < Br < I • The boiling points increase as the chain length increases 30

  31. Solubility of Halogenoalkanes • The halogenoalkanes are only very slightly soluble in water. • The attractions between the halogenoalkane molecules (van der Waals dispersion and dipole-dipole interactions) are relatively strong • Halogenoalkanes are only slightly polar and do not effectively break the hydrogen bonds between water molecules. • Halogenoalkanes are soluble in non polar or less polar organic solvents such as alcohol, ether, and benzene . 31

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