Concept 5 -...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Concept 4.3 Functional groups are the parts of molecules involved in chemical reactions            The components of organic molecules that are most commonly involved in chemical reactions are known as  functional groups.           If we consider hydrocarbons to be the simplest organic molecules, we can view functional groups as  attachments that replace one or more of the hydrogen atoms bonded to the carbon skeleton of the hydrocarbon.           Each functional group behaves consistently from one organic molecule to another.           The number and arrangement of functional groups help give each molecule its unique properties.           As an example, the basic structure of testosterone (a male sex hormone) and estradiol (a female sex hormone)  is the same.          
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course BSC BSC1005 taught by Professor Orlando,rebecca during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online