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The alkanes are the simplest form of organic compounds. They are made up
of only Carbon atoms and Hydrogen atoms. All of the bonds are single and the
number of hydrogen atoms versus carbon atoms follows this formula: CnH2n+2
Alkanes are all non-polar molecules so they aren't soluble in water. Here are
some more facts. -Referred to as "Saturated" -They have
-low melting points
-low boiling points -Refer to "Slide 29" sheet
We couldn't find any information on who discovered them. Or on the what,
where, or when. However the first alkane that was discovered was probably
methane. Because, of course, this is the gas that cows belch.
The journal of toxology report that a 15 year old boy was stricken with
hemiparesis "resulting from acute intoxication following inhalation of butane
gas." Hemiparesis is when half of a person's body is paralyzed. Through
reactions alkanes can be transformed into chloroform. This has been shown to
accumulate in lungs of swimmers after they swim for extended periods of time.
As mentioned above chloroform can be produced which can be used for...
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