What happens when a hydrocarbon links back on itself?
By now, you have likely heard about the various isomers of carbon. One of the most special types are hydrocarbon rings--as indicated by the name, these are hydrocarbons that are linked to form a ring. One of the most used hydrocarbons is Benzene-- C6H6.
- Why is benzene so versatile? Think about its structure and available bonding locations.
- Benzene is known as an aromatic hydrocarbon. Why are they called aromatic hydrocarbons? What do they all have in common?
- How are aromatic hydrocarbons used?
- How do the ring versions of a hydrocarbon differ in properties? (Hint: compare hexane and cyclohexane)