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Why alkanes are said to be saturated

  1. Jan 26, 2004 #1
    In my chemistry class today, the teacher gave us a quiz. There was this one question that asked why alkane is said to be saturated. My answer was that only substitution reactions can take place and not additional reactions. I found it surprising that it did not score at all. Can anyone tell me where I went wrong?

    Thanks,
    From the person who is too shy to talk to the teacher
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2004 #2

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    Here's a link that might answer your question:

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/organic/alkane.html

    To quote:

    I haven't taken Chem for a long time now, so I'm not 100% sure if that's the correct justification, but I *think* it is.
     
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