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Clarification on Chemical Formulas

  1. Aug 6, 2015 #1
    I was wondering what the upper half of the hexagon represents, I assume the Triangles represent O repeating; and how would this formula be written out in text.
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  3. Aug 6, 2015 #2


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    I don't see hexagons here?

    These zig-zagged lines are just carbon chains (with hydrogen omitted for clarity). Single line means single bond, double line means double bond.
  4. Aug 6, 2015 #3
    Any idea on how the chemical formula would be written out?
    How many carbon atoms do the zigzags represent after the Oxygen atom?
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  6. Aug 6, 2015 #5


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    Count 'em up.

    I count 16 C atoms in the topmost branch, starting where the O has a double-bond. (Don't forget the C at the end of the chain!)
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