The Chemistry of Life: The Organic Level


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The Chemistry of Life: The Organic Level
1011301The Chemistry of Life: The Organic Level
Introduction Organic compounds are the relatively complex compounds of carbon. Since carbon atoms readily bond to each other, the backbone of most organic compounds consists of carbon chains of varying lengths and shapes to which hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms are usually attached. Each carbon atom has a valence of 4, which significantly promotes complexity in the compounds that can be formed. The ability of carbon to form double and even triple bonds with its neighbors further enhances the possibility for variation in the molecular structure of organic compounds.
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George H. Fried; George J. Hademenos: Schaum's Outline of Biology, Fourth Edition. The Chemistry of Life: The Organic Level, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2013), AccessEngineering Export