Think About This!
If a scientist were to write out symbols for a chemical equation they would look different from the pictures that were used in the previous page. Scientists use the symbols for the elements to represent chemical compounds. Lines are drawn between atoms that are attached to each other. Below is an example of a chemical reaction that uses a palladium catalyst to transform a compound called an alcohol (groups seen in red are responsible for general names of compounds) to a compound called a ketone. Like compounds A and B on the previous page, the alcohol and the ketone have different properties!