Chapter 4: Carbon and Its Compounds

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Carbon and Its Compound


Ethane, with the molecular formula C2H6 has:

(a) 6 covalent bonds

(b) 7 covalent bonds

(c) 8 covalent bonds

(d) 9 covalent bonds


The covalent bond is the bond that is formed by the sharing of electrons between two or more atoms. The molecular formula of ethane is C2H6. Its chemical structure is shown below:

The structure of ethane shows that the carbon share one electron with another carbon atom to form one C-C bond while each hydrogen atom shares there one electron with each carbon atom to form six C-H bonds. Thus, it has 7 covalent bonds.

Therefore, the correct answer is (b) 7 covalent bonds.

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