What are hexane and 3-methylpentane examples of?

1 Answer
Nov 27, 2015

These are isomeric hexanes; so the 2 species are examples of isomers.


Isomers are species of the same chemical formula, but with different connectivity. Both hexane and 3-methylpentane have formula of #C_6H_14#, but the carbon atoms have different connectivity, and so are rightly classified as different chemical compounds even though they are isomeric.

In fact, the chemical formula #C_6H_14# supports 5 structural isomers. You have 2 here; what are the other three?