In this blog we discuss the very basic idea about “Homologous Series of Organic Chemistry”.
In organic chemistry a homologous series is a series of compounds with the same general formula
The number of organic compounds is unbelievably large but majority of them have been classified into several series of similar structure or constitutions and chemical properties. Thus the hydrocarbons methane, ethane propane etc. form a series and is collectively known as paraffin sir alkane. The alkane may be given the general formula CnH2n+2
The molecular formula of each member of the series differs from that of another which precedes or follow it by one atom of carbon and two atoms of hydrogen ie. By CH2
Methyl alcohol CH3OH
Ethyl alcohol C2H5OH
Propyl alcohol C3H7OH
Butyl alcohol C4H9 OH
A group of atoms responsible for the characteristic reactions of a particular compound
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