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Can someone please give me a definition of organic and inorganic substance?

Can someone please give me a definition of organic and inorganic substance? Topic: Synthesis of organic compounds from inorganic
June 16, 2019 / By Annemarie
Question: I seem to get like a bunch of different definitions, but can someone give me an accurate one? What's the main difference between them?
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Wynn Wynn | 7 days ago
An organic compound is chemical compound whose molecules contain carbon. There are several types of compounds which are exception to this simple definition - they contain carbon but they're considered inorganic such as carbonates, simple oxides of carbon and cyanides, as well as the allotropes of carbon. That means CO and CO2 are considered inorganic a well as for example calcium carbonate (CaCO3, main component of limestone and eggshells), diamonds and graphite. Long time ago a theory called vitalism was popular which stated that organic matter possessed a special force or vital force inherent to all things living. That theory was rejected when Wohler's synthesis of urea in 1828 showed it's possible to produce organic compound from inorganic reactants. Nevertheless, the distinction between "organic" and "inorganic" compounds was kept in terminology because it's useful in organizing the vast subject of chemistry. There is no official definition of organic and inorganic compound. Some authors define an organic compound as one containing carbon, and others as compound containing one or more C-H bonds; others include C-C bonds in the definition. All these definitions are somewhat arbitrary.
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Wynn Originally Answered: Organic vs. Inorganic soil ecology project help?
I am really confused about your use of the words "organic" and "inorganic" regarding soil. 1) You are referring to soils that came out of organic production fields versus soil from traditional agriculture. 2) You are referring to high organic matter soils (histosolic or over 20% OM) versus low organic material soils. An "inorganic" soil by the second definition can not really exist as the moment you introduce insects, roots, mulch, and some fertilizers, the soil has an organic component. Soil temperatures can be a really cool experiment. If you do them in the field, you will have to control for vegetation and location. The chemistry stuff can be fun as well (and quick). I suggest you have more then two soils. Three or four from different locations for each variable - organic or inorganic. Stay away from potting mixes and bagged soils - not a good comparison to real soil.
Wynn Originally Answered: Organic vs. Inorganic soil ecology project help?
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Wynn Originally Answered: Organic vs. Inorganic soil ecology project help?
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Shaye Shaye
Think simple. Organic simply means that the compound contains Carbon. The carbon compound can also contain oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, hydrogen, etc. and still be considered organic as long as it has Carbon. Anything else is considered inorganic.
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Shaye Originally Answered: Are there any good online courses for college level chemistry, like gen. chem, organic chem, inorganic etc?
There are a number of good online chemistry courses - you can even do the chem labs online. Just make sure they are accredited and your credits will transfer without any problem.
Shaye Originally Answered: Are there any good online courses for college level chemistry, like gen. chem, organic chem, inorganic etc?
Organic chemistry has links to biochemistry, Agriculture chemistry, Polymer chemistry , Pharmacology etc and so chances are more for doing research. But Inorganic chemistry is more specific and still has further sub divisions. But why do you go for Organic chemistry directly. Better go for polymer chemistry M.Sc or MTec where ever it is available. This is most promising.

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