Organic chemistry is the chemistry that looks at carbon-based compounds, hydrocarbons and other related molecules. It involves the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions and preparation of these compounds. Occasionally these compounds and/or reactions will involve other elements like hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, halogens, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur.
Even though these compounds are made mainly of carbon, they are incredibly diverse and the range of applications of organic compounds is extraordinary. These compounds form the basis of many products like plastics, medicines, petrochemicals, food, paints and explosives. And without them almost all life processes would be impossible.
Organic chemistry is a wonderful area but it and I just never got along. Sure, while I was studying chemistry at university I had the ability to synthesise every product in the practicals. Yes, I was that student. Results just fell into my lap but even more frustrating was that I never really…
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