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Have you looked around in your room or wondered while eating your food about the presence of carbon in your everyday life? If yes, you are right because carbon is omnipresent. If not, you need to know that carbon compounds are present in almost everything that you see, eat, wear, or play with.
In the periodic table, Carbon is the sixth element; its atomic number is 6; its symbol is ‘C’ and it is a non-metal. The two most popular oxides of carbon are carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
There are four types of carbon compounds. These are:
Besides these four types, in carbon compounds, based on the number of bonds that are formed between the carbon atoms, there are two major categories – saturated and unsaturated compounds.
Saturated Carbon Compounds
The carbon atoms are arranged in a ring-like structure. They are linked with one another with single bonds. Examples of such compounds are Alkanes. Ethane is a very common example.
Unsaturated Carbon Compounds
In the atomic structure, the atoms are in a ring shape and attached to each other, using double or triple bonds. Alkenes have two bonds and Alkynes have triple bonds. These two are the most common examples of unsaturated compounds. Ethene is a common name known.
What is catenation?
Catenation is the property because of which the atoms of the element can form covalent bonds with one another due to the formation of a ring of atoms. Carbon is one element that can form single, covalent, and triple bonds.
Not only within its molecular structure, but carbon atoms are also able to form pπ-pπ bonds with atoms of other elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. It is due to its property of catenation, that carbon has various allotropes.
About 0.5% of the entire universe is made up of carbon and its compounds. This goes to show that Carbon is one of the most widely available heavy non-metals.
When we talk of the Blue Planet, our Earth, carbon constitutes about 0.025% of the crust of the Earth. Here it is present in rocks and stones, for example, limestone. Carbon is also present in good quantities in living organisms.
Carbon compounds have three types of existence: Straight chains, branches, and rings.
There are four types of carbon compounds – Carbohydrates, Lipids, Nucleic Acids, and Proteins. The other division of these compounds is based on the atomic bonds and there are two divisions – saturated and unsaturated compounds. Examples of carbon compounds are – carbon oxides like CO and CO2; carbonates like CaCO3; carbon sulphides like CS2; oxalates like BaC2O4; and carbon-nitrogen compounds like HCN or Hydrogen Cyanide. As per scientists, more than a million carbon compounds exist in this universe.
Examples of compounds of carbon are – methane CH4, Calcium carbonate or limestone CaCO3, Carbon dioxide or CO2, Carbon monoxide or CO, ethane, Carbon Tetrafluoride CF4, ammonium bicarbonate, Iron pentacarbonyl, carbon disulphide, and Silver oxalate. Diamond is the hardest form of carbon.
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