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Carbon in living organisms

  • Protenins, DNA, carbohydrates, and other molecules that distinguish living matter are all composed of carbon compounds
  • The molecular diversity in life is based on the propeties of carbon


Organic molecules

Molecules that contain carbon, are comples, and are produced by organisms; carohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acid


Molecular Diversity

  • Carbon Skeletons
    • The chain of carbon atoms in an organic molecule
    • vary in length & shape



  • Types
    • Structural isomers
      • different covalent arrangements of their atoms
    • Cis-trans isomers
      • same covalent bonds but differ in spatial arrangements
    • Enantiomers
      • mirror images of each other
      • important in pharmaceutical industry


Functional group