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Condensed formulas

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:42 pm
by Aschreck 2G
Is it better to draw out the condensed formula when attempting to name complex molecules or can you determine the name simply by looking at it? I have a hard time differentiating between what is part of the longest chain and what are the substituents when it's in a condensed formula.

Re: Condensed formulas

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:46 pm
by ziyistephaniehuang2A
If it is harder for you to determine the names from condensed formulas, i suggest you to draw out the molecules. Even though it is more time consuming, it can help you to avoid mistakes. I usually draw out the molecules too to check the names.