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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

How many hydrogen atoms are present in a cycloalkane that contains four carbon atoms?

  1. a. 8
  2. b. 10
  3. c. 12
  4. d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The number of carbon atoms present in the given cycloalkane structure has to be found.

Concept Introduction:

Organic compounds are the important basis of life.  They include gasoline, coal, dyes, and clothing fibers etc.  The compounds that are obtained from living organisms are termed as organic compounds and those obtained from the earth are known as inorganic compounds.  Organic compounds are found in earth also apart from living organisms.  All the organic compounds contain the element carbon.  Urea was synthesized in the laboratory which is an organic compound.

Hydrocarbons are the organic compounds that contain only hydrogen and carbon atoms.  Hydrocarbon derivatives are the one in which the compounds contain hydrogen and carbon atoms along with one or more additional elements.  The additional elements that can be present in hydrocarbon derivatives are oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, chlorine, bromine etc.

Hydrocarbons are further classified into two categories.  They are saturated hydrocarbons and unsaturated hydrocarbons.  The hydrocarbons that contain single bonds between carbon atoms in the entire molecule is known as saturated hydrocarbon.  The hydrocarbons that contain atleast one double or triple bond between two carbon atoms in the entire molecule is known as unsaturated hydrocarbon.

Cycloalkanes are a class of saturated hydrocarbons that contain a ring of carbon atoms with or without alkyl substituents on it.  The general molecular formula for cycloalkanes is CnH2n.  “n” is the number of carbon atoms present.  Some of the basic examples of cycloalkanes are cyclopropane (C3H6), cyclobutane (C4H8).

Explanation

Reason for correct option:

Cycloalkanes are saturated hydrocarbons that contain only single bonds between carbon atoms with a ring structure.  The general molecular formula for cycloalkane is CnH2n.  In the problem statement, the total number of carbon atoms present in the alkane is given as four.  This means that “n” is four.  This can be substituted in the general formula to obtain the total number of hydrogen atoms.

  CnH2nC4H(

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