Organic Chemistry. The unique chemistry of carbon. Learning objectives. Describe two reasons for abundance of carbon compounds Distinguish between inorganic and organic carbon and other compounds Distinguish between isomers and non-isomers
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The unique chemistry of carbon
“Some supercalculating intellect must have designed the properties of the carbon atom, otherwise the chance of my finding such an atom through the blind forces of nature would be utterly minuscule….The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question”
Earth’s surface - organic
Earth’s crust - inorganic
Number of carbon atoms
Type of compound