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I have to find a pure organic compound with at least five carbon atoms and at least one heteroatom, no mixtures. Iíve looked all over the internet and cannot find anything matching that criteria. Help?
- Rachel (age 14)
The organic compound that comes to my mind that matches your description is called pyridine
You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyridine
It has 5 carbon atoms and a nitrogen atom, making it heterocyclic (i.e. a circular structure without symmetry). Itís aromatic, meaning that the electrons in the pi bonds are delocalized around the whole ring.
If you want a non-aromatic example, the one that comes to mind is piperidine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piperidine
I hope that helps.
(republished on 07/13/06)
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