Hydrocarbons are covalent organic compounds that consist entirely of hydrogen and carbon. Hydrocarbons occur naturally as oil, natural gas, coal, etc. In modern society, hydrocarbons are used as sources of energy and to make everyday products like plastics and synthetic fabrics.

Because of carbon’s capacity for covalent bonding, a variety of hydrocarbons are formed. But don’t worry!  The rules for form and name these important compounds is actually quite simple. Check out this guide to see how.

Click here for the guide on Writing and Naming Hydrocarbons.

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