What are saturated hydrocarbons?please answer so that a 8th child could understand

Feb 13, 2018

Answer:

They only contain single bonds.

Explanation:

Hydrocarbons contain hydrogen and carbon atoms ONLY.

There are always 4 bonds from each carbon atom and one from each hydrogen atom.

Therefore $C {H}_{4}$ is a saturated hydrocarbon. There is a whole series of such compounds that share a general formula of ${C}_{n} {H}_{2 n + 2}$. These are known as the alkanes. Therefore ${C}_{6} {H}_{14}$ would be a member of this series.

Hydrocarbons make useful fuels when combusted.