Elements and Compounds
Atoms and Atomic Structure
Why are there so many carbon compounds?
Asked in Science, Atoms and Atomic Structure
Why does carbon form so many more compounds than other elements?
Asked in Organic Chemistry
Why is carbon the framework for so many compounds?
Asked in Chemistry, Genetics, Elements and Compounds
Why are there so many organic compounds?
Which properties of carbon enable it to form so many compounds?
Asked in Chemistry, Atoms and Atomic Structure
What roperties enable carbon atoms to fourm polymers and so many other compounds?
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Compounds that do not contain carbon and hydrogen?
Asked in Chemistry
What is so special about carbon compounds that they devoted a whole branch of chemistry to it?
Asked in Biology
Why is organic chemistry so important in the study of biology?
Why does carbon form the basis for so many different compounds?
Carbon produces so many different compounds because it forms four chemical bonds per atom, which is very high - almost all other elements form fewer bonds. Silicon can also form four bonds, but because it forms stronger bonds, the resulting compounds do not have the same flexibility as carbon based compounds. Life requires not only a complex variety of compounds, but also requires the ability to alter those compounds as needed.