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Organic And Biological Chemistry

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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

Which of the following statements concerning the number of known organic and inorganic compounds is correct?

  1. a. Organic compounds greatly outnumber inorganic compounds.
  2. b. Inorganic compounds greatly outnumber organic compounds.
  3. c. Organic and inorganic compound numbers are about the same.
  4. d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Among the given statements, the correct statement concerning organic compounds has to be identified.

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.

Compounds are classified into organic compounds and inorganic compounds.  Approximately there are about 10 million organic compounds but only 1.7 million inorganic compounds.  The ratio between organic and inorganic compounds is 6:1.

Explanation

Reason for correct option:

The ratio between organic and inorganic compounds is 6:1.  Hence, the organic compounds outnumber the inorganic compounds.  Therefore, option (a) is the correct one.

Reason for incorrect option:

Organic compounds only outnumber the inorganic compounds as there are about 10 million organic compounds and only 1.7 million inorganic compounds.  Therefore, inorganic compounds cannot outnumber the organic compounds...

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