A guide to the different ways Organic Compounds can be represented in chemistry. Types of Organic Chemistry Formulae discussed in this infographic are:
The molecular formula of an organic compound simply shows the number of each type of atom present. It tells you nothing about the bonding within the compound.
The empirical formula of an organic compound gives the simplest possible whole number ratio of the different types of the atom within the compound.
A displayed formula shows all the atoms and all of the bonds present in an organic compound. The bonds are presented as lines.
Similar to displayed formula – not all bonds are shown, although all atoms are still indicated using subscript numbers. Carbon hydrogen bonds are often simplified.
In a skeletal formula most hydrogen atoms are omitted, and line ends or vertices represents carbons. Functional groups and atoms other than carbon or hydrogen are still shown. Easiest to draw and commonly used.
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