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Today in school, my teacher was explaining the different types of alkenes. Examples included ethene, propene, and butene. She also showed us their structural formulas.
I tried to draw butene's formula and came up with this:

http://imgur.com/dw4nIkz

Is it correct?

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    $\begingroup$ Correct; and the more common example is 1-butene: H2C=CH-CH2-CH3 $\endgroup$ – khaverim Nov 23 '15 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ And there are also the cis- and trans- forms of 2-butene. And if one just went by the molecular formula, there's cyclobutane and methylcyclopropane as well. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Nov 23 '15 at 21:34
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Yes, the formula you drew is an example of isobutylene. Isobutylene has the "official" IUPAC name of 2-methylpropene, and is an important industrial chemical. Because it:

  1. has a formula of $\ce{C4H8}$, and thus contains four carbon atoms;
  2. contains a carbon-carbon double bond;
  3. and doesn't contain any other functional groups

... it is indeed an isomer of butene (sometimes known as butylene). You got this one right!$%edit$

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