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Is ethane a carbohydrate? why or why not?

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Is ethane a carbohydrate? why or why not?

Postby Judy » Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:12 am

:roll: :?: can someone please help me on this question pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee???

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Postby mith » Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:15 am

carbohydrate means carbon-water. Does ethane have carbon? Does the ratio of hydrogen to oxygen equal 2?(h2o)
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Postby biostudent84 » Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:56 am

No it is not. It does not follow the definition of carbohydrates

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Postby robotics » Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:01 am

This is just chemistry, not really biology.

Ethane is just a straight chain alkane. Alkanes are characterized by being saturated hydrocarbons, they contain only hydrogen and carbon atoms. They are saturated in the sense that they all have single bonds connecting all atoms in the compound.

Additionally, alkanes are known to have the general formula C(n) H (2n+2).

If n = 1
CH4

If n = 2
C2H6

If n = 3

C3H8

And so forth. The naming of compounds follow a set of rules designated by chemists known as the IUPAC. Carbon chains are named with the parent prefix being:

1 = meth -- eg: methane (alkane)
2 = eth -- eg: ethanoic acid (carboxylic acid)
3 = prop -- eg: propanoate (ester)
4 = but -- eg: butene (alkene)

After four, the normal system is used. Pent (pentagon, Hex (Hexagon), etc.
5 = pent
6 = hex

And so forth.

Hope that helps.
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