Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 1608–1618 | Cite as

Eigenvalues of saturated hydrocarbons

  • D. J. Klein
  • C. E. LarsonEmail author
Original Paper


A simplified Hückel-type molecular-orbital (MO) model for the valence electrons of saturated hydrocarbons is proposed and the consequent eigenvalue spectrum considered. A first foundational result is obtained, which every chemist “knows”, namely that: alkanes are stable, with half their (Hückel-type MO) eigenvalues positive and half negative.


Saturated hydrocarbons Alkanes Stellation Para-line graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesTexas A&M, GalvestonGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Applied MathematicsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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