Organic Chemistry |Structural Representation of Organic Compounds


Compounds made up of carbon and hydrogen are called as hydrocarbons.


  1. Organic compounds are those, which occur in living sources such as plants and animals. They all contain carbon. Common organic compounds are oils, wax, fats etc.
  2. Compounds contain C, H and heteroatom's (O, N, CL etc.) are Organic compounds.


The branch of chemistry which deals with the study of hydrocarbons and their derivatives
Important Properties of Carbon which is responsible for Organic compounds
Catenation –The unique self-linking property of carbon is known as catenation. It forms bonds with carbon atoms. This is the main reason of existence of such large number of compounds
Tetra-valency of carbon
The atomic number of Carbon is 6 and its electronic configuration is 2, 4 has 4 valence electrons. So, carbon is always tetra-covalent. It forms 4 covalent bonds with other atoms

Structural Representation of Organic Compounds

Complete structure Formula
Complete structure formula is a modified form of Lewis dot structure where a two-electron pair covalent bond is represented by a dash. A single dash represents a single bond, double dash is used for double bond and a triple dash represents triple bond

1. Ethane (C2 H6)
Complete structure Formula:Organic Chemistry
2. Ethyne (C2 H2)

3.Ethene (C2 H4)

Condensed formula
It is structural formula where we omit one or all the covalent bond dashes and represent the formula by indicating the number of identical groups attached to an atom by a subscript
CH3 – CH3
H2C = CH2

Bond line Formula
Bond-line structural Formula of organic compounds is a representation where carbon and hydrogen atoms are not shown and the lines representing carbon-carbon bonds are drawn in a zigzag fashion. The only atoms specifically written are oxygen, chlorine, nitrogen etc. The terminals denote methyl (–CH3) groups (unless indicated otherwise by a functional group), while the line junctions denote carbon atoms bonded to appropriate number of hydrogen's required to satisfy the valency of the carbon atoms
3-Methyl octane can be written as

For cyclic compounds

Hybridisation in Organic compounds

Cn H2n +2
Cn H2n
Cn H2n-2

Solved Examples

1. Provide the hybridisation of carbon atoms in the below compounds
a. CH2 =CH- C N
(a) sp2, sp2, sp
(b) sp3 , sp2 , sp2 , sp
2. Give the number of Sigma and pi bonds in the following molecules
(a) $CH_3NO_2$
(a) 6 Sigma and 1 pi bond
(b)8 Sigma and 1 pi bond
3. Which of the following compounds contain all the carbon atoms in the same hybridisation state?
(i) H—C ≡ C—C ≡ C—H
(ii) CH3—C ≡ C—CH3
(iii) CH2 = C = CH2
(iv) CH2 = CH—CH = CH2
(i) and (iv)

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