Lesson04 - Building Block Modularity Makes for an...

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Unimaginable Diversity of Structures Modular is a good word to describe the structure of organic molecules. The parts can be interchanged and put together in many different ways. The building blocks can be combined to construct functional groups. The functional groups, in turn, can be combined to construct molecules. Given the large number of building blocks and functional groups and their various combinations, it is no wonder that the “Universe of Organic Molecules” – the subset of molecules containing up to 30 C, N, O and S atoms – is estimated to be something like 1x10 60 . That’s a really big number! It should be obvious that if we are to make sense of this complexity, we need to develop good skills in recognizing the functional groups in organic molecules. With just a little practice you will be able to instantly look at a new molecule and see it for the functional groups that it contains. Source: From Bohacek, R. S.; McMartin, C.; Guida, W. C.
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