# A secondary carbon atom is directly bonded to how many other carbon atoms? a. 2 b. 3 c. 4 d. no correct response

### General, Organic, and Biological C...

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H. Stephen Stoker
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285853918

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### General, Organic, and Biological C...

7th Edition
H. Stephen Stoker
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285853918
Chapter 12.10, Problem 1QQ
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## A secondary carbon atom is directly bonded to how many other carbon atoms? a. 2 b. 3 c. 4 d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The total number of carbon atoms that a secondary carbon atom is directly bonded to has to be found from the given options.

Concept Introduction:

In a hydrocarbon structure, each and every carbon atoms are classified as primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary carbon atom.

If a carbon atom in an organic molecule is directly bonded to only one another carbon atom is known as primary carbon atom.

If a carbon atom in an organic molecule is directly bonded to two other carbon atoms is known as secondary carbon atom.

If a carbon atom in an organic molecule is directly bonded to three other carbon atoms is known as tertiary carbon atom.

If a carbon atom in an organic molecule is directly bonded to four another carbon atom is known as quaternary carbon atom.

These carbon atoms are denoted by notations as, 1° for primary, 2° for secondary, 3° for tertiary and 4° for quaternary.

### Explanation of Solution

Reason for correct option:

The carbon atom that is considered is a secondary carbon atom.  A secondary carbon atom is the one which is bonded to two other carbon atoms.  Therefore, the correct option among the given option is option (a).

Reason for incorrect option:

Option (b) tells that the secondary carbon atom is bonded to three other carbon atoms.  Secondary carbon atom is the one which is bonded to two other carbon atoms...

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