What type of bondes do alkanes contain?

1 Answer
Jul 29, 2014

Thanks for your question involving organic compounds called alkanes.

Alkanes have single bonds between carbon atoms. Since hydrogen only has one valence electron, it can only form a single bond. Carbon, on the other hand, has 4 valence electrons. Carbon can form single, double, and triple bonds to achieve its octet.

Alkanes have only single bonds between the carbon atoms in a molecular compound.