Fatty Acid Functional Group Compounds

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This molecular model kit can build important fatty acids including the omega 3, 6 & 9 structures. There are enough parts to build any 3 C18 fatty acids or a single C57 triglyceride (shown in the image).

Some fatty acid examples, alpha linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid; oleic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, linoleic acid are shown below built in two different styles: Orbit-flexible & Orbit x-peg. This kit comes with parts for building in Orbit-flexible style. Use our 3D Molecular Model Builder in Orbit-flexible mode to help build these structures.

The Orbit Biochemistry Class Set can build these structures in the x-peg style.


Fatty acids have a carboxylic acid functional group attached to a long aliphatic chain that is either a saturated alkane or unsaturated alkene. The unsaturated fatty acids have one or more carbon-carbon double bonds which in turn make either cis or trans isomers. Fatty acid chemical structures vary greatly in length. Short chains have 5 or less carbons, medium are 6-12, long have 13-21 & very long chains have 22 or more.

Some of the short chain fatty acids you can build include butyric acid, isobutyric acid, valeric acid, isovaleric acid & 2-methylbutyric acid. These may be very important to bone & other metabolism. Read more in:Is the skeleton an organ?

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