Problem: Cyclopropane is an interesting hydrocarbon. Instead of having three carbons in a row, the three carbons form a ring, as shown in this perspective drawing (see the figure for a prior example of this kind of drawing):Cyclopropane was at one time used as an anesthetic, but its use was discontinued, in part because it is highly inflammable.How does it differ from that of propane?

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Cyclopropane → C3H6

Propane → C3H8

Thus, the differences between cyclopropane and propane are:

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Cyclopropane is an interesting hydrocarbon. Instead of having three carbons in a row, the three carbons form a ring, as shown in this perspective drawing (see the figure for a prior example of this kind of drawing):
Cyclopropane was at one time used as an anesthetic, but its use was discontinued, in part because it is highly inflammable.
Three Cs are single bonded together, forming a triangular shape. Each C is also single bonded to two Hs, one with a solid wedge and one with a dashed wedge.

How does it differ from that of propane?

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