# Alkanes

Alkanes are organic compounds that consist entirely of single-bonded carbon and hydrogen atoms and lack any other functional groups. Alkanes have the general formula $$C_nH_{2n+2}$$ and can be subdivided into the following three groups: the linear straight-chain alkanes, branched alkanes, and cycloalkanes. Alkanes are also saturated hydrocarbons.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1246120