How can organic chemistry be used in everyday life?

1 Answer
Feb 6, 2017

#"Do you put sugar in your tea or coffee?"#


And what happens to the sugar when it is metabolized? (Please note that we do not consider carbon dioxide to be an organic molecule.)

#C_6H_12O_6 + 6O_2 rarr 6CO_2 + 6H_2O#

We take sugar for granted, yet it is a complex molecule, whose oxidation and metabolism is similarly complex, and enabled by enzymatic catalysis that is precisely tuned to the geometric (and handed) properties of glucose.

All of this falls under the ambit of organic chemistry. There are probably other examples, but I have yet to think of them.........if anyone can think of something apropos, they will add another answer.