Define the term homologous.

Asked by  | 27th Oct, 2012, 05:14: PM

Expert Answer:

The Homologous series:- any of the various groups of chemical compounds in all of which difference between successive members is generally a simple structural unit. Such serieses are most common among the organic compounds, the structural difference in the methylene group, as in paraffin hydrocarbons, or the alkanes;  and the normal carboxylic acids, or alkanoic acids. In these homologous series  number of the methylene groups—designated by the subscript n—may have the successive values 0, 1, 2, 3, etc.

Answered by  | 27th Oct, 2012, 10:13: PM

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