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  1. Nov 15, 2007 #1
    what is the difference between cyclic paraffin and paraffin?

    Plz give me example
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  3. Nov 15, 2007 #2


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    One is cyclic and the other is non-cyclic.
  4. Nov 15, 2007 #3
    Cyclic Paraffins are commonly referred to as naphthenes (note: NOT naphthalene), and aren't very common I believe.

    Paraffins are, just like chemisttree said, non-cyclic.

    Cyclic paraffins may include methylcyclopentane, cyclohexane, methylcyclohexane. dimethylcyclohexane.

    And, well, paraffins are just alkanes with the formula [tex]C_{n}[/tex][tex]H_{2n+2}[/tex],
    that includes tons of hydrocarbons, methane, octane, etc.
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