The Alkenes

Ethene is the simplest of the Alkene molecules

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​The Alkenes are another Homologous series of Hydrocarbons. They differ from the Alkanes because they contain in their molecules at least one double bond between two of the carbon atoms.

Because of their double bonds, the alkenes are more reactive than the alkanes and thus they are useful for making new compounds.

Alkenes can be made into polymers - such as polyethene and polystyrene - synthetic materials which have a wide variety of uses

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