SYNTHESIS PART ONE HYDROCARBONS What is organic chemistry • In chemistry chemicals which contain carbon are classed as organic • Carbon is a non metal and can form four bonds with o

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SYNTHESIS PART ONE HYDROCARBONS What is organic chemistry • In chemistry chemicals which contain carbon are classed as organic • Carbon is a non metal and can form four bonds with o Powered By Docstoc

  What is organic chemistry?
• In chemistry chemicals which contain
  carbon are classed as organic.
• Carbon is a non metal and can form four
  bonds with other non metals.
• This means it can form many, many
  different substances in many different
• Some organic substances are simple like
  methane and others are very complex
  like sugars , proteins and DNA.
• Organic compounds that
  contain only hydrogen and
  carbon are called
• There are two main groups
  you have to know about –
  alkanes and alkenes.
• The simplest
  alkane is called                  Carbon atom

• It consists of
  one carbon atom
  joined to four
  hydrogen atoms
• We write its
  formula as CH4        Hydrogen atom
• The next alkanes in the series are
• Ethane C2H6
• Propane C3H8
• Butane C4H10
• As we add another carbon atom in the
  chain we need more hydrogen atoms.
• Can you see how these two are related?
• If we double the number of carbon
  atoms and add two we get the number
  of hydrogen atoms.
            The alkenes
• In these hydrocarbons one of the
  carbons has a double bond.
• This means that there are two bonds
  holding two of the carbons together
  instead of only one
                                         Carbon atom

             Double carbon carbon bond
  Saturated & Unsaturated

• The alkanes have only single C-C
  bonds. We say they are
• The alkenes have a double C=C
  bond. We say they are
• The simplest alkene
  is called ethene
• It has the formula
• There are always
  twice as many
  hydrogen atoms as
  carbon atoms in the
• The other two
  alkanes you need to
  know are propene      CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE
  and butene            ALKENE WORKSHEET
• We can test to see if a
  hydrocarbon is an alkene.
• Alkenes turn bromine water from
  orange/brown to colourless.
      H H                       H H
       I I                       I I
      C=C + Br2              Br-C-C-Br
      I I                        I I
      H H                       H H
• Alkanes will not do this
• When crude oil is separated by
  fractional distillation there are always a
  higher % of the longer chained
• The shorter chained hydrocarbons are
  more useful so the long chained
  molecules are cracked to give more
  shorter chain hydrocarbons.
      Cracking in the School Laboratory
  • Paraffin is soaked into ceramic wool and placed at the
    end of a boiling tube (see diagram)
  • The aluminium oxide is heated strongly first. This is
    the catalyst which speeds the reaction up.
  • The paraffin is heated to vaporise it and then the
    ethene gas is collected in the test tubes.
                              Catalyst             Ethene gas
        soaked into
        mineral wool

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complete the
cracking exercise
What can we do with the ethene?
• The ethene can be used as a fuel but because
  it contains a double bond but it is much more
  useful as a raw material in the chemical
• If it is reacted with water(steam) ethanol
  (alcohol) can be made.
•        H H                   H H
•        I I                    I I
•        C=C + H-O-H          H-C-C-O-H
•        I I                     I I
•        H H                    H H
•       ethene + steam         ethanol
• Ethene and other alkenes are most useful
  for making polymers.
• Plastics are polymers.
• Given the right conditions small alkenes
  can join together to form very large
• The small molecules are called monomers
  and the large molecules are called
  polymers .
• The process is called polymerisation
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             How are they made?
• Alkenes have a double C=C bond
• The double bond breaks and the smaller
  alkenes join together.
    ETHENE   ETHENE       ETHENE                    POLYETHENE


                                         Alkenes join to form polymer
     Double bond breaks
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         There are two main types of polymer.
 They are thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers.

     Thermoplastic                       Thermosetting
• They can stretch or             • Are rigid, they break
  bend                              when bent
• They soften & melt              • They char or decompose
  when heated                       when heated
• Then can be remoulded           • They cannot be moulded
  into new shapes                   into new shapes
• They have no cross links        • They have cross links
  between the polymer               between the polymer
  molecules                         molecules

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       Properties of polymers
• Polyethene & polypropene are made
  from unsaturated monomers.
• These monomers ADD on to each other
  so we call them addition polymers.
• Other polymers are formed by
  condensation. This means another
  molecule – water is made as well as the
• Some polymers have branched chains.
• This affects the strength of the
• HDPE (high density polyethene) has few
  branches and is not as strong as LDPE
  (low density polyethene) which has
  many branches.
• Some times plasticisers have to be
  added to alter the properties.
• These allow the polymer chains to slide
  over each other which makes the
  polymer softer & more flexible.
• uPVC is the hard polymer used to make
  window frames. If plasticiser is added
  to this the polymer it produces a soft ,
  flexible substance that can be used for
  floor covering.
    Getting rid of polymers
• Some polymers are hard to dispose of.
• Thermoplastic polymers can be recycled
• Many polymers are not biodegradeable
  (will not rot) and are not affected by
  acids and other chemicals.
• There are however some new polymers
  around that have additives which allow
  them to decompose.
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