What is the correct name for the compound #C_3H_8#?

1 Answer
Jan 8, 2016

This hydrocarbon is called propane


The Alkane Series of hydrocarbon has a general formula of #C_nH_(2n+2)#. Since C has 3 atoms, therefore H has a total of 8 atoms.

Prefixes used in naming hydrocarbons:

1 carbon atom=meth + ane = methane
2 carbon atoms=eth + ane= ethane
3 carbon atoms=prop+ane=propane
4carbon atoms=but + ane=butane
and etc...