What accounts for the fact that there are far more substances than are listed on the periodic table?

1 Answer
May 11, 2018

The Periodic Table lists 100 or so ELEMENTS....


...and elements are the primary building blocks of matter that CANNOT be converted to simpler substances... Of course DIFFERENT elements combine to give DIFFERENT chemical compounds....the which may contain 2 or more elements. Carbon and hydrogen alone can generate an impressive chemistry including a legion of chemical compounds.