Answer to Question #11773 in Organic Chemistry for Sana Rehman
If the number of carbon atom increases to thirty then what will be the number of isomers?
A problem that has long interested chemists has been to calculate the number of isomers for an alkane of any given carbon content. Whilst there appears to be no simple mathematical relationship between the number of isomers and the carbon content, it is possible to calculate this number iteratively counting the number of isomers of each fragment into which the alkane can be decomposed. The number of alkane isomeres with formula C30H62 can be determined only with computerized methods. There are 4111846763 isomers for alkane with formula C 30 H 62.