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    If asked to write the structural formula of a compound, must you include every hydrogen/carbon/methyl group etc. Or can I just draw the lines, i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pe...D-skeletal.png
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    A skeletal structure should be fine.
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    No, you have to include the letters, particularly if it's an exam. Unless they specify "skeletal formula", in which case you have to do the lines.

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    Yes that's fine but you should show the stereochemistry at any chiral centres.
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    (Original post by shaneli)
    No, you have to include the letters, particularly if it's an exam. Unless they specify "skeletal formula", in which case you have to do the lines.

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    This. Unless otherwise stated, assume they want explicit structural formula. It's an ass, but better safe than sorry.
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    I wouldn't recommend doing skeletal, I'd use letters.
 
 
 
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