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Before we are ready to start examining the chemistry of organic compounds, with the simplest organic systems, alkanes, we need to deal with the ideas of atomic orbitals are affected by the formation of covalent bonds.

As you head into all the material ahead, it is important the remember that in almost all of the reactions that you will encounter, the reactions occur directly at or adjacent to the functional groups within the molecule.

The physical properties of molecules such as melting points, boiling points and solubility are dictated by intermolecular forces.


Bonding Alkanes Cycloalkanes Thermodynamics and Stability Oxidation and Reduction Problems
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