The Importance of Carbon Compounds in Our Lives

Carbon compounds are chemical substances which consist of a carbon element combining with one or more elements. Elements which can combine with carbon include hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, metallic elements and non- metallic elements.

The Importance of Carbon Compounds in Our Lives

By Mr Ghaz, October 8, 2010

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The Importance of Carbon Compounds in Our Lives

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Various Carbon Compounds

Carbon is a non-metallic which is made up of atoms with the proton number 6 and is placed in Group IV of the periodic Table.

Carbon can exist in the form of an element or a compound. Carbon is found in

(a) All living cells including animal and plant cells

(b) Fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas and coal

(c) Mineral substances such as carbonates, cyanides and carbon dioxide gas

Carbon exists in its natural state as graphite and diamonds.

(a) Graphite is made up of many layers of carbon atoms that are bonded by weak van der Waals forces. Hence, carbon layers are able to slide easily over each other. This characteristic causes carbon to be soft, making it suitable for use as a lubricating substance.

(b) Diamonds have a strong structure. The carbon atoms in it are bonded by strong covalent bonds. This makes it very hard and it is therefore suitable to be used as drilling bits.

Carbon can combine with other elements to form the most number of compounds in the Earth.

Carbon Compounds

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Carbon compounds are chemical substances which consist of a carbon element combining with one or more elements.

Elements which can combine with carbon include hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, metallic elements and non- metallic elements.

Carbon compounds are founds are found in all living things and in most synthetic materials. For example, it is found in:

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(a) Classes of food such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins

(b) Fossil fuels such as coal, petrol, diesel and natural gases

(c) Synthetic materials such as plastic, nylon and polyester

(d) Natural fibres such as cotton, silk and fur

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  1. Tattoo3658we Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Interesting read!


  2. cmanjuc Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Informative


  3. PSingh1990 Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm

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  4. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Very informative. The accompanied images were also excellent.


  5. Simran Kaur Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 12:30 am

    informative


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    On October 8, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Thanks for sharing


  7. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 1:08 am

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  8. GodsGrace Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Nice Post


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    On October 8, 2010 at 7:01 am

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  10. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

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  11. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    very interesting :)


  12. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Carbon is important in human life. :-)


  13. papaleng Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Thanks my friend for giving us new info about carbon.


  14. My World Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Nice Post……

    Thanks for share.


  15. Angelonearth2001 Says...

    On October 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

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  16. Melody SJAL Says...

    On October 10, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Such a highly educational piece, thanks.


  17. revivor Says...

    On December 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    love the charts on this one – well done


  18. rahul Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

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  19. hima Says...

    On November 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

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