Content8.1 The variety of molecular structure in organic compounds. Properties of C-C bonds;
rules for naming organic compounds, names and structures of some functional groups.
8.2 The alkanes. The importance of alkanes in the petroleum industry; the chemical and
physical properties of the alkanes; photochemical reaction of alkanes; free radical
substitution; homolytic and heterolytic fission; chain reactions.
8.3 Background reading. Octane number of petrol hydrocarbons.
8.4 The alkenes. The uses of alkenes; nomenclature of alkenes; cis-trans isomers, limonene by
steam distillation, the physical and chemical properties of alkenes, addition reactions,
8.5 Background reading. Polymerisation.
In this site topic 8 is covered in the two sections on alkanes and alkenes