What are examples of organic compounds compared to nonorganic compounds?

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Aug 24, 2017

The term organic chemistry refers to the chemistry of carbon bound to hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, and a few other heteroatoms.


Chemistry that is not #"organic chemistry"# falls under the umbrella of #"inorganic chemistry"#. Organic chemistry covers the chemistry of hydrocarbons, carbohydrates, proteins, and all of biological chemistry.

And #"inorganic chemistry"# covers everything that is not covered by organic chemistry. The chemistry of the transition metals is especially important, as it encompasses reactions that cannot be easily performed by organic chemists; it includes acid-base chemistry; complex formation; transition metal chemistry; and the chemistry of the main-group metals.