# What is the correct name for the compound C_3H_8?

Jan 8, 2016

This hydrocarbon is called propane

#### Explanation:

The Alkane Series of hydrocarbon has a general formula of ${C}_{n} {H}_{2 n + 2}$. 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...