What are Bond Line Views?
A bond-line view is a condensed way of representing the structural formula of a molecule.
For example, here is the structural formula of retinol, a compound that is important in the chemistry of vision.
It takes a long time to write out all these atoms and bonds, so chemists have developed a shorthand method called a bond-line view.
The rules for drawing bond-line structures are:
- The carbon atoms and the hydrogen atoms attached to them are not shown.
- Only the bonds between the carbon atoms are shown as lines.
- The vertices and end of lines represent carbon atoms.
- Any unfilled valences on carbon are assumed to be filled by hydrogen atoms.
- All atoms other than carbon, plus any hydrogen atoms attached to them, are shown.
- Exception: The hydrogen in an aldehyde group is usually shown.