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Ch_322a_1.01 - Organic Chemistry Organic chemistry is the chemistry of compounds containing carbon The name mistakenly implies that all organic

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The practice of organic chemistry goes back thousands of years. A discovery of a wine residue in a Sumerian jug shows that the technology of winemaking is almost 7500 years old . sugar (C 12 H 22 O 11 ) sweet principle of sugar cane fermentation ethyl alcohol (C 2 H 5 OH) Organic Chemistry Organic chemistry is the chemistry of compounds containing carbon . The name mistakenly implies that all organic compounds are associated with living systems. While many carbon- containing compounds are the basis of life, there are many organic compounds that have nothing to do with living systems.
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Whence Wine? A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Eduction (August 15, 2003) details the research of Patrick E. McGovern, a chemistry professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Blending chemistry and archeology, Prof. McGovern is an expert on the origins of winemaking. His research suggests that the art of fermenting grapes began some 9,000 years ago when human society was transforming from hunter-gatherer to communities based on agriculture and animal husbandry.
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The research of Prof. McGovern
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This note was uploaded on 07/22/2009 for the course CHEM 322AL taught by Professor Jung during the Summer '07 term at USC.

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Ch_322a_1.01 - Organic Chemistry Organic chemistry is the chemistry of compounds containing carbon The name mistakenly implies that all organic

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