Definitions of organic vs inorganic

You need to be able to translate the name of an organic compound into its structural formula.
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Apart from forming the basis for many applications and products that we use, these are also the main constituent of all forms of life.

These examples can be classified as natural and synthetic organic compounds, and also on the basis of the many bonds that they are made up of.

There is even a special branch of chemistry (known as organic chemistry) that is solely dedicated to the study of these compounds.
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Some books state that these compounds contain C-H bonds, others state that they contain C-C bonds, and most books say that the simple presence of carbon makes a compound organic in nature.

Despite these differences, the examples remain the same in all these books.

A modern organic name is simply a code. Each part of the name gives you some useful information about the compound.
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Today's fairly broad definition that any compound containing carbon qualifies as organic compounds is not completely accurate as there are several carbon-containing alloys that do not figure in this list.

Apart from these alloys (like steel), there are other metal carbonates and carbonyls, simple carbon halides and sulfides and simple oxides of carbon and cyanides as well, that are known as inorganic compounds, even though carbon is a part of their composition.

Organic compounds
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The following tables list trivial and semisystematic names for parent structures and parent substituent prefixes that are retained in theseIUPAC recommendations for naming organic compounds.

There are chief differences between organic and inorganic compounds

The primary reason for so much ambiguity is that carbon easily combines with many compounds to form molecular chains and rings, and as such, there are millions of compounds that contain carbon in them.


The most commonly known and seen examples are as mentioned in the following list:

Some more ExamplesThe wide use and application of organic compounds has made them very useful for the progress and development of mankind.