Organic Chemistry 9th Edition

Published by Brooks Cole
ISBN 10: 1305080483
ISBN 13: 978-1-30508-048-5

Chapter 1 - Structure and Bonding - Problem - Page 10: 7

Answer

Ethane
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Work Step by Step

The reason for this is that the two carbon atoms, each having 4 valence electrons would only be able to accommodate 4 bond (which would already complete its octet), the $C_{2}H_{6}$ (structure on the right) would be the maximum possible formula. Adding an additional H atom would not be possible as there are no more extra valence electrons to be shared.
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