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    Determining the absence of the organic compound C3H10

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    Why is there no organic compound with the formula C3H10?

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    In answering this question, consider the number of possible bonds C and H can make.

    a) How many bonds can an H atom form?
    b) How many bonds can a C atom form?

    To form the compound C3H10, all the H atoms must be bonded to a C atom and all the C atoms must be bonded to either an H atom or another C atom. An H atom ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution provides an explanation in 246 words regarding how H and C atoms bond and how this determines the presence or absence of an organic compound in a chemical formula.