Organic Chemistry is the study of the chemistry of chemical compounds which contain carbon and hydrogen. It is of special interest to us because it is also the study of the chemistry behind life and behind the manufacture of: pharmaceuticals; fossil fuels; plastics; and synthetic textiles.
In short organic chemistry is the key to understanding almost everything that makes our modern lives convenient, comfortable and enjoyable.
Our introduction to organic chemistry is divided into six parts:
- A description of carbon and the unique physical and chemical properties which give it its unique and critical role to play in our modern world.
- A description hydrocarbons, the family of compounds composed solely of carbon and hydrogen. Supporting articles include descriptions of the general properties of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and aromatic hydrocarbons.
- A description of Hydrocarbon Derivatives and the important classes of compounds used in organic chemistry, including alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, ethers, esters, carboxylic acids, alkyl halides, amines and amides;
- A description of the chemical processes commonly involved in transforming one organic compound into another.
- A summary of organic nomenclature;
- Organic Isomers.