See Carbon Catenate. Catenate, Carbon, Catenate.
Following our cheat sheets for common polyatomic ions, acids, and bases, here is one for organic chem: a study sheet for hydrocarbons, in particular the first 10 straight-chained alkanes.
Alkanes, the Simplest of Hydrocarbons
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