If carbon dioxide is an inorganic compound...

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Offline Venkat1968

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If carbon dioxide is an inorganic compound...
« on: 27/09/2014 03:56:00 »
If carbon dioxide(CO2) is an inorganic compound, then even carbontetrachloride (CCl4) should also be considered as inorganic. But why do not we consider CCl4 inorganic? Please enlighten me.

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Re: If carbon dioxide is an inorganic compound...
« Reply #1 on: 27/09/2014 08:29:31 »
From Wikipedia
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Carbon tetrachloride, also known by many other names, is the inorganic compound with the chemical formula CCl₄
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Re: If carbon dioxide is an inorganic compound...
« Reply #2 on: 28/09/2014 02:44:07 »
Organic/inorganic is a silly differentiation. I believe that technically there must be a carbon-hydrogen bond for something to be considered organic, so even oxalic acid or Teflon could be considered inorganic compounds, but I really don't see the utility in this differentation. It is a hold-over from older times when people didn't know that organic matter could be made from inorganic matter without biology (then, in 1828, Wöhler reacted ammonia with silver cyanate to make urea [which now that I think of it, isn't organic by my H-C definition, but was considered organic at the time])