<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Skip Navigation
Our Terms of Use (click here to view) have changed. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our new Terms of Use.

Chapter 25: Organic Chemistry

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
Turn In

Petroleum is big business in the modern world. Petroleum, also known as crude oil, is formed by the decay of plants over millions of years. It is then extracted from the ground and processed into many different products. In the refinery pictured above, crude oil is separated into fractions based on differences in the boiling points of the various components. That process is called fractional distillation. Among the uses of petroleum are gasoline and other fuels, oils, plastics, adhesives, and a host of useful chemicals. The common thread in all of these compounds is the element, carbon. The chemistry of carbon-containing compounds is called organic chemistry. In this chapter, you will learn about the basics of organic chemistry, including types of organic compounds, the system of nomenclature used in organic chemistry, and some basic organic reactions.

Flickr:Libelul. www.flickr.com/photos/libelul60/2408760397/. CC BY 2.0.

Chapter Outline

Chapter Summary

Image Attributions

Show Hide Details
Difficulty Level:
At Grade
Date Created:
Nov 04, 2013
Last Modified:
Jan 14, 2016
Files can only be attached to the latest version of chapter
Please wait...
Please wait...
Image Detail
Sizes: Medium | Original