Organic chemistry is a molecular science and molecular representations are extremely important for organic chemists. As a students of organic chemistry you want to master all types of organic molecules representations. The most common ones are:
- Molecular formulas
- Lewis Dot Structures
- Lewis Line Structures
- Condensed Structures
- Skeletal Structures
For the most part, you’ll be dealing with the line structures. However, other types are also common and will pop up in your course and your textbook from time to time, so you should be able to recognize those as well and know how to deal with them.
In this topic we’ll go over all these types and discuss their pros and cons and when to use different molecular representations.