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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: HALOCARBONS: CHLOROFORM or trichloromethane

trichloromethane molecule #1

(above) trichloromethane (CHCl3) image #1. This image is 500 x 500 pixels; the original image is 4096 x 4096 pixels.

Trichloromethane or chloroform, CHCl3: consists of a centrally placed carbon atom with three chlorine atoms and one hydrogen atom arranged approximately at the points of a tetrahedron around it. Chloroform was a famous anaesthetic. It is polar and a solvent.

Haloalkanes are formed when a halide atom (Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, or Iodine) is bonded to carbon in an alkane. An alkane is a compound made fron carbon and hydrogen (i.e. it is a hydrocarbon) with no multiple bonds (i.e. it is saturated). Examples include methane (CH4) ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8), and butane (C4H10).

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