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package org.openscience.cdk.interfaces;

 * Class representing a ring structure in a molecule.
 * A ring is a linear sequence of
 * N atoms interconnected to each other by covalent bonds,
 * such that atom i (1 < i < N) is bonded to
 * atom i-1 and atom i + 1 and atom 1 is bonded to atom N and atom 2.
 * @cdk.module  interfaces
 * @cdk.githash
 * @cdk.keyword ring
00038 public interface IRing extends IAtomContainer {

       * Returns the number of atoms/bonds in this ring.
       * @return   The number of atoms/bonds in this ring   
      public int getRingSize();     

       * Returns the next bond in order, relative to a given bond and atom.
       * Example: Let the ring be composed of 0-1, 1-2, 2-3 and 3-0. 
       * A request getNextBond(1-2, 2) will return Bond 2-3.
       * @param   bond  A bond for which an atom from a consecutive bond is sought
       * @param   atom  A atom from the bond above to assign a search direction
       * @return  The next bond in the order given by the above assignment   
      public IBond getNextBond(IBond bond, IAtom atom);
       * Returns the sum of all bond orders in the ring.
       * @return the sum of all bond orders in the ring
      public int getBondOrderSum();

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