What does #R# mean in an organic formula?

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Feb 25, 2016

Answer:

It specifies an alkyl radical of unspecified length, #R# #=# #C_nH_(2n+1).#

Explanation:

When you see the #R# it represents the alkyl chain. The business of the molecule, the functional group, is where all the chemistry is going to occur. The alkyl chain is along for the ride.