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Organic And Biological Chemistry

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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

Contrast hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives in terms of number of compounds that are known.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Hydrocarbon and hydrocarbon derivatives have to be contrasted in terms of number of compounds.

Concept Introduction:

Organic compounds are the important basis of life.  They include gasoline, coal, dyes, and clothing fibers etc.  The compounds that are obtained from living organisms are termed as organic compounds and those obtained from the earth are known as inorganic compounds.  Organic compounds are found in earth also apart from living organisms.  All the organic compounds contain the element carbon.  Urea was synthesized in the laboratory which is an organic compound.

Hydrocarbons are the organic compounds that contain only hydrogen and carbon atoms.  Hydrocarbon derivatives are the one in which the compounds contain hydrogen and carbon atoms along with one or more additional elements.  The additional elements that can be present in hydrocarbon derivatives are oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, chlorine, bromine etc.

Hydrocarbons are further classified into two categories.  They are saturated hydrocarbons and unsaturated hydrocarbons.  The hydrocarbons that contain single bonds between carbon atoms in the entire molecule is known as saturated hydrocarbon.  The hydrocarbons that contain at least one double or triple bond between two carbon atoms in the entire molecule is known as unsaturated hydrocarbon.

Explanation

Organic compounds are hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives.  Hydrocarbons are organic compounds that contain only carbon and hydrogen in it...

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