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What type of molecule is C20H40O2?

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December 21, 2014 1:24PM

When it is linear and saturated it might be CH3(CH2)18COOH standing for arachidic acid, eicosanoic acid.

CH3(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-(CH2)-C(OH)(=O).

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December 19, 2014 5:23PM

Well, it's organic. Past that it's difficult to say with certainty. It could be a cyclic diether or diol, it could be an ester, it could be an alkene diether or diol ... the molecular formula alone doesn't provide enough information to be sure.