Talk:Alkane

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It's confusing to initially say: "Acyclic alkanes"[edit]

In the first paragraph of the Intro are the sentences: "...Alkanes consist only of hydrogen and carbon atoms and all bonds are single bonds. [1] Acyclic alkanes have the general chemical formula CnH2n+2...." Then, in the middle of the fourth paragraph it says: "... the only limitation being that the molecule is acyclic...." Finally, under Nomenclature, Cyclic alkanes, it says: "So-called cyclic alkanes are, in the technical sense, not alkanes, but cycloalkanes...."

In common (but technically incorrect) use, therefore, "alkane" might informally include cyclic compounds. Nevertheless, I would like to see those two sentences of the Intro read something like: "...Alkanes consist only of hydrogen and carbon atoms and all bonds are single bonds. [1] Alkanes (technically, always acyclic) have the general chemical formula CnH2n+2...."

The way that the second of these two sentences currently reads, it gives the reader (who may not read farther than that first paragraph) the impression that the term "alkane" formally (not merely in some informal use) does include compounds that are not acyclic, when, in fact, the article really wants to help the reader understand and use the term to include only acyclic compounds. Wikifan2744 (talk) 00:44, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes. Suggest you copy edit it.Plantsurfer (talk) 09:55, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Done. Glad you agree. Thanks. Wikifan2744 (talk) 01:39, 29 August 2014 (UTC)