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Does methene exists? If yes give its structure

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asked Aug 21, 2016 in Chemistry by Rahul Roy (7,895 points) 31 96 261

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answered Aug 21, 2016 by sarthaks (25,068 points) 8 21 33
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Methene do not exist in nature. This is because the alkene family have the general formula C n H 2n where n is a natural number(which starts from 1). If we substitute 1 in place of n, then we get the formula CH2. CH2 has no independent existence, as the tetravalent nature of carbon is being violated.To have a double bond you need at least two atoms, so ethene is the smallest possible alkene.

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