What is a structural formula? What is the difference

Introductory Chemistry | 5th Edition | ISBN: 9780321910295 | Authors: Nivaldo Tro

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Problem 8Q

What is a structural formula? What is the difference between a structural formula and a molecular model?

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The structural formula of a chemical compound is a graphic representation of the molecular structure, showing how the atoms are arranged. The chemical bonding within the molecule is also shown, either explicitly or implicitly. Unlike chemical formulas, which have a limited number of symbols and are capable of only limited descriptive power, structural formulas provide a complete geometric representation of the molecular structure.

For example, many chemical compounds exist in different isomeric forms, which have different enantiomeric structures but the same chemical formula.

 A structural formula is able to indicate arrangements of atoms in three...

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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
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Author: Nivaldo Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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