Alkane Chemical Structure Models

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Alkanes are the simplest organic compounds & have the general chemical formula CnH2n+2 for straight chains. They are nonpolar & water insoluble (hydrophobic) with different physical and chemical properties. Common uses include heating, cooking & lubrication.

The 68845NV Foundation basic student molecular set can build standard straight chain alkanes such as CH4 (methane), C2H6 (ethane), C3H8 (propane), C4H10 (butane), C5H12 (pentane), C6H14 (hexane), C7H16 (heptane), & C8H18 (octane). Or, compare these 5 structural isomers: Hexane; 2-methylpentane; 3-methylpentane; 2,3-dimethylbutane; 2,2-diemethylbutane isomers.

Straight, branched or ringed hydrocarbons up to C16 can be built without hydrogens to really challenge your IUPAC naming skills.


The image shows 5 basic alkane structures: methane, ethane, propane, butane (top right) and isobutane (top left). Some branched alkanes & cyclic alkanes are listed below; note the usage of benzene & phenyl.

You can hone your IUPAC naming skills by comparing what you built against what the Indigo® Instruments 3D Molecular Model Builder displays. (Use the "Orbit-Basic" style).

  • 3,4-diethyloctane
  • 2,2-dimethyl-4-propylnonane
  • 5-butyl-2,2-dimethyldecane
  • 4-propyl-3-ethyl-2-methyloctane
  • 3-ethyl-2-methylpentane
  • 3-methylpentane
  • 2,3-dimethylbutane
  • 3-ethyl-2,2-dimethylheptane
  • 4-phenylheptane
  • 4,4,5-tripropyloctane
  • chlorobenzene
  • 1-bromo-2-ethylbenzene
  • phenyloctane
  • phenylcycloheptane


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Every Orbit molecular model set sold by Indigo Instruments is fully compatible with others you might own. You can replenish any set or customize it with Genuine Cochranes of Oxford Orbit Atoms.

Reviews (5)
This model kit is great for improving knowledge of molecular structures for organic chemistry.
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I bought the product for a university class and it met expectations. Great service and fast shipping.
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Great product, fast shipping, excellent customer service!
— Courtney
Bought two of these because I prefer them to the one used at the university. Easy to use and has a good flexibility.
— Thierry

I've had consistently great service from this company. Our students seem to really appreciate the reasonable price. In the years that we've used this product, not one has been returned due to defects.

— Becki
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