Benzene vs Phenyl

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Alan Chien 1J
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Benzene vs Phenyl

Postby Alan Chien 1J » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:28 am

What is the difference between the 2? They both look the same to me!

Jonathan Shih 3H
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Re: Benzene vs Phenyl

Postby Jonathan Shih 3H » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:39 am

Hey,

Benzene refers to a specific ring molecule C6H6 with alternating double and single molecules, where as Phenyl refers to the category of functinal groups that essentially looks like benzene, but instead of being actual benzene, one of the hydrogens is replaced with a bond to the parent molecule/chain.

Hope this helps!
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Chiara R 1K
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Re: Benzene vs Phenyl

Postby Chiara R 1K » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:41 am

I think benzene is a ring with 6 carbon atoms and 3 double bonds, whereas phenyl is like benzene but has an alkyl substituent (R, or a generic carbon chain) attached to one of the carbons in place of one of the hydrogen atoms.


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