# What are the condensed formulas of the five isomers of C6H14?

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We know that the compound is an acyclic alkane, since it has chemical formula of the

There are only a finite number of such alkanes.

To avoid missing out on any, it pays to do things systematically. I usually go in decreasing length of longest carbon chain.

So first it is longest carbon chain = 6, which corresponds to n-hexane. Then I go for longest carbon chain = 5, which are the 2-methylpentane and 3-methylpentane. And so on.

The names of the above list:

- n-hexane
- 2-methylpentane
- 3-methylpentane
- 2,3-dimethylbutane
- 2,2-dimethylbutane

respectively

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