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An alkyl group is a piece of a molecule with the general formula CnH2n+1, where n is some integer.
Like a methyl group (CH3) is a fragment of a methane molecule (CH4); n = 1 in this case. The -yl ending means "a fragment of an alkane formed by removing a hydrogen".
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The group formed by the removal of one hydrogen atom from an alkane molecule is called an alkyl group.the general formula to represent is CnH2n+1
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