Hydrocarbons Definition



Organic compounds of hydrogen and carbon, whose densities, boiling points, and freezing points increase as their molecular weights increase.

Although composed of only two elements.

Hydrocarbons exist in a variety of compounds because of the strong affinity of the carbon atom for other atoms and for itself.

The smallest molecules of hydrocarbons are gaseous; the largest are solids.

Petroleum is a mixture of many different hydrocarbons.