Answer to Question #78862 in Organic Chemistry for erhabor emmanuel

Question #78862
he number of possible isomers of an alkane increases with increase in number of carbon atoms. True or false.
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2018-07-05T05:23:14-0400
Answer:
Yes, this is true.
Butane (4 carbon atoms) has 2 isomers.
Pentane (5 carbon atoms) has 3 isomers.
Hexane (6 carbon atoms) has 5 isomers.
Heptane (7 carbon atoms) has 9 isomers.
Octane (8 carbon atoms) has 18 isomers.
Nonane (9 carbon atoms) has 35 isomers.
Decane (10 carbon atoms) has 75 isomers.

Pentadecane (15 carbon atoms) has 4,347 isomers.

Eicosane (20 carbon atoms) has 336,319 isomers.

Triacontane (30 carbon atoms) has 4,111,846,763 isomers.

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