## Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

A straight chain alkane has the general formula: $C_{n}H_{2n+2}$ By observing the structural formulas in part (a), we can say that they conform to the general formula of alkanes. For a 16 carbon alkane: $C_{16}H_{2(16)+2} = C_{16}H_{34}$ For a 28 carbon chain: $C_{28}H_{2(28)+2} = C_{28}H_{58}$
A straight chain alkane has the general formula: $C_{n}H_{2n+2}$ By observing the structural formulas in part (a), we can say that they conform to the general formula of alkanes. For a 16 carbon alkane: $C_{16}H_{2(16)+2} = C_{16}H_{34}$ For a 28 carbon chain: $C_{28}H_{2(28)+2} = C_{28}H_{58}$