Alkanes—The Simplest Hydrocarbons
Lecture no. 7 from the course: Foundations of Organic Chemistry
Taught by Professor Ron B. Davis Jr. | 34 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Start examining various classes of organic compounds with alkanes, whose hydrocarbons consist entirely of hydrogen and carbon. How can a few simple carbon atoms lead to millions of possible alkane structures? How does structure affect their physical properties? And what curious role did they play in 19th-century whaling?