Cyclic Hydrocarbons

A cyclic compound is one in which a series of atoms connect to form a ring. The vast majority of these compounds are organic, which means they contain at least one carbon atom. A cyclic hydrocarbon is a compound composed only of carbon and hydrogen that forms a ring.

A cycloalkane is a cyclic hydrocarbon that contains only carbon - carbon single bonds. A cycloalkene and cycloalkyne are cyclic hydrocarbons that contain carbon - carbon double and triple bonds respectively. The generic formula for cycloalkanes is CnH2n, while the formulas for cycloalkenes and cycloalkynes are dependent on the number of double and triple bonds in the structure.

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