1. Why are ionic bonds not suitable for the construction of complex
molecules? Why are covalent bonds better for this purpose?
2. What are alkanes? What is the fundamental geometry around carbon
atoms in alkane molecules?
3. What is meant by "normal" alkanes? What other kinds
4. How are derivatives of normal alkanes named? How is the framework
for naming a branched-chain alkane selected? How is the
branching specified in the name?
5. Show with diagrams that there are only nine structural isomers
6. What is the most common use for alkanes? What makes alkanes
relatively unreactive? In the use that you just described, how is
this unreactivity overcome?
7. What determines whether an alkane will be a gas, liquid, or
solid at room temperature? Where are the boundary lines between
these states, in terms of the number of carbon atoms?