What are skeletal formulas or skeletal structures (of organic compounds) ?

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May 9, 2018

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These are formulaic representations that DO NOT illustrate hydrogen....

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We know say that #"n-butane"# is #C_4H_12#..we could write it long hand...#H_3C-CH_2CH_2CH_3#...alternatively, we could write it as...

...alternatively, we could write it as...

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The second representation is the skeletal formula....the zig-zag represents a methylene unit, i.e. #CH_2CH_2#...and of course with more complicated structures we could insert heteroatoms, and carbocycles, and heterocycles appropriately.

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