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Water and Inorganic Compounds

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The most general classification of chemical compounds is that of inorganic and organic substances. Inorganic substances generally do not contain a carbon atom, whereas organic substances contain several. Another distinction is that carbon substances containing only a few elements, and have their names derived from those elements, are inorganic compounds (carbon dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, sodium chloride). Water is definitely an inorganic compound (dihydrogen oxide) and methyl alcohol is definitely an organic compound. As with all empirical classification schemes, the distinction is not particularly clear when the lower molecular weight substances are considered. Formaldehyde, CH2O might be considered to be either an inorganic substance, or the simplest sugar, as it corresponds to the general molecular formula for sugars, or Cn(H2O)n.

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Shallenberger, R.S. (1993). Water and Inorganic Compounds. In: Taste Chemistry. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-2666-7_4

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