Alkanes, alkenes & addition polymers

IB Chemistry: Alkanes, alkenes & addition polymers

The naming, structural isomerism and physical properties of the alkanes and alkenes have all been covered in the previous sub-topic. This sub-topic is concerned with the chemical reactions of the alkanes and the alkenes. Despite the fact that their main use is as fuels the alkanes are remarkably unreactive chemically (their old name was the paraffins which means ‘little activity’). The lack of reactivity of alkanes...

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