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BSCI105 Chapter 4: Carbon & Molecular Diversity of Life

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Intro to biological sciences
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Date Created: 02/03/16
BSCI105: Chapter 4: Carbon & the Molecular Diversity of Life 2/3/16 9:34 AM 4.1: Organic chemistry: the study of carbon compounds • Organic Molecules & the origin of life on Earth o Stanley Miller: concluded, in his experiment, that complex organic molecules could arise spontaneously under conditions thought at that time to have existed on early Earth. ▯ The experiment also supported that idea that abiotic synthesis of organic compounds could have been an early stage in the origin of life. 4.2: Carbon atoms can form diverse molecules by bonding to 4 other atoms. • Electrons configuration: determines the kinds and number of bonds an atom will form w/other atoms • Formations of bonds with carbon: o Carbon has 6 electrons: 2 in the 1 electron shell & 4 in the nd nd 2 shell. However, the 2 shell can hold up to 8 electrons and wants it complete. o To complete the 8 electrons: carbon will share its 4 electrons with other atoms. Each pair of shared electrons constitutes a covalent bond (usually single or double bonds). o When a carbon atom forms 4 single covalent bonds the arrangement of its 4 hybrid orbitals causes the bond to angle toward the corners of an imaginary tetrahedron. o Carbon’s most frequent bonding partners: hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. ▯ They are the 4 major atomic components of organic molecules. • Molecular diversity arising from variation in carbon skeletons: o carbon chains form the skeletons of most organic molecules. The skeletons vary in length and may be straight, branched or arranged in closed rings. o Hydrocarbons: organic molecules consisting only carbon and hydrogen atoms. (undergo reactions that release a relatively large number of energy.) o Isomers: compounds that have the same number of atoms of the same elements but different structures and properites. ▯ 3 types: ▯ Structural isomers: differ in the covalent arrangement of their atoms • Ex: C 5 12 – 3 forms; C 8 18– 18 forms; C 20 42 – 366319 forms ▯ Cis-trans isomers: (aka: geometric isomers) carbons share covalent bonds to the same atoms, but these differ in their spatial arrangement due to the inflexibility of double bonds. ▯ Enantiomers: are isomers that are mirror images of each other and that differ in shape due to the presence of an asymmetric carbon, one that is attached to 4 different atoms or group atoms. 4.3: A few chemical groups are key to molecular function • The chemical groups are the most important in the processes of life. o Chemical groups attached to the carbon skeletons of organic molecules participate in chemical reactions (Functional groups) or contribute to function by affecting molecular shape. o 7 chemical groups


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