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Alkyl Group

  • Alkanes are  saturated hydrocarbon having only single bonds between the carbon atoms
  • An Alkyl group is an alkane missing one hydrogen atom. These alkyl groups can be seen as branches in the hydrocarbon structures

 

Examples : 

Methyl Group (-CH 3 )

  • We know that Methane (CH 4 ) is an alkane .
  • It has 4 hydrogen atoms.
  • If we remove one hydrogen atom, we get CH 3
  • This -CH 3 is called Methyl Group

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Ethyl Group (C 2 H 5 - )

  • We know that Ethane ( C 2 H 6 ) is an alkane.
  • It has 6 hydrogen atoms.
  • If we remove one hydrogen atom, we get -C 2 H 5 .
  • This -C 2 H 5 is called Ethyl Group.

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