What is an Organic Compound?

Organic Compounds

Organic compounds are basically compounds that contain carbon. There are two main ways to classify organic compounds. The first is by classifying where they come from. You would have natural organic compounds and synthetic organic compounds.

The second classification system is based upon how large the compounds are. You have small molecule and polymers. In this case, we’re going to take a look at the first classification system. Natural compounds are just what the name implies, compounds that can be found naturally in nature.

These natural compounds are produced by plants and animals, and humans take those compounds and use them for their own use. Sugar is a great example of a natural compound, because it’s naturally occurring in nature. It’s produced by plants. Synthetic compounds are produced by humans.

Humans produce it and use it for their own use. Sometimes, these synthetic compounds can actually also be produced by nature, but for whatever reason industry has found it more efficient to produce it synthetically.

A great example is rubber. Rubber can be produced naturally by plants, but industry today finds it more efficient to synthetically produce rubber. That’s a quick look at organic compounds and how they can be divided up into natural organic compounds and synthetic organic compounds.



by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: August 20, 2019