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Cyclic Hydrocarbons

Structure and function of molecules where the carbon chain forms a ring.

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Hydrocarbon Rings

What happens when a hydrocarbon links back on itself?

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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.  

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  1. Why is benzene so versatile?  Think about its structure and available bonding locations.
  2. Benzene is known as an aromatic hydrocarbon.  Why are they called aromatic hydrocarbons?  What do they all have in common?
  3. How are aromatic hydrocarbons used?
  4. How do the ring versions of a hydrocarbon differ in properties? (Hint: compare hexane and cyclohexane)

Resources:

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/alkanes/background.html

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/organic/aromatic2.html

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