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Textbook Problem

Why is the number of carbon atoms in a terpene always a multiple of the number 5?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Why the number of carbon atoms present in terpene is always a multiple of five has to be given.

Concept Introduction:

Terpenes are organic compounds.  The carbon skeleton of terpene is made up of two or more 5-carbon isoprene structural units.

2-methyl-1,3-butadiene is known as isoprene.  Isoprene is the five‑carbon diene.  The structure of isoprene can be given as,

Organic And Biological Chemistry, Chapter 2, Problem 2.59EP

Explanation

Terpenes are organic compounds.  They are made up of isoprene units.  Each isoprene unit has five carbon atoms in its structure.  Therefore, the number of carbon atoms ...

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