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Naming Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes

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Hydrocarbons - Naming and Writing Chemical Formulas

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  • This video provides a basic introduction to naming alkenes and alkynes.

  • Answer:

    The prefix of the name of an alkane tells you how many carbon atoms are in a molecule.


    Meth - 1 carbon
    Eth - 2 carbons
    Prop - 3 carbons
    But - 4 carbons

    This video provides a very basic introduction to naming alkanes up through decane (10 carbons).


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