Today, we may be starting to experience the consequences of using fossil fuels as our main source of energy. There is a vast range of products that can be derived from fossil fuels as a result of carbon’s rich chemistry. This raises the question “are they too valuable to burn?
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon and the compounds it makes.
Carbon atoms bond in predictable patterns that make it possibly, by using the same rules about electron arrangment and intermolecular attrations used in Chem 1, to predict structure and properties.
Functional groups are sets of atoms that give an organic specific properties because of electron arrangment and intermolecular attractions. Therefore, identification of the functional group on an organic compound allows us to predict its chemical and physical properties easily.