Structural Formula

The structural formula of a compound is a diagram showing which atoms are connected to which (the connectivities). Several kinds of structural formulas are used to represent organic compounds in diagrammatic form – the list includes

  • dot formulas (also known as Lewis structures)
  • dash formulas
  • condensed formulas
  • combination (of dash and condensed) formulas
  • bond-line formulas.

"A Structural Formula is a two dimensional structural representation that shows how the various atoms in a molecule are bonded to each other." Two types of Structural Formula are:

An Expanded Structural Formula is a structural formula that show all atoms in a molecule and all bonds connecting the atoms.

A Condense Structural Formula shows groupings of atoms in which central atoms and the atoms connected to them are written as a group to convey molecular structural information.

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