Organic Chemistry

By Luka G. Silva

What is Organic Chemistry?

Organic Chemistry is a branch of science dedicated to studying the structure, properties, and reactions of living things, or the types of matter that contain carbon atoms. Organic chemistry is a very creative science, where scientists create their own molecules and observe possible interactions with atoms and substances. Many parts of everyday life are composed by Organic Chemistry. Without it, there would be no medicine, fuel, rubber, plastics, cosmetics, etc.

What's so special about Carbon?

Carbon is an element located in Group 14 of the periodic table, meaning it has 4 atoms in it's valence shell. Carbon has the ability to react and bond in an insane number of ways, creating almost limitless possibilities. One of the first things we try to find on a planet to see if it might have life is if it contains Carbon.
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