Definition - What does Methane Series mean?
Methane Series is a series of homologous hydrocarbons that are aliphatic and saturated. It is also known as alkane series. The formula for this series as methane is CnH2n+2 , and CH4 and C2H6 as ethane. Alkanes are composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms and they are the basic prototypes of the homologous series. In the formula CnH2n+2, n represents the total carbon atoms that exist in the molecule of the compound. The alkane in Methane Series is the saturated hydrocarbon.
Petropedia explains Methane Series
In organic chemistry, Methane Series is a series of homologous, aliphatic and saturated hydrocarbons which are non-aromatic. The general formula for Methane Series is CnH2n+2. Alkanes or paraffin are the saturated hydrocarbons, which are carbon and hydrogen atoms having single bonds. Since alkanes are homologous, the elements in the formula differ by their molecular mass. The structure of the Methane Series is linear, in which the carbon atoms are connected in a snake like formation. Methane Series is the simplest example of homologous series in chemistry.