What are some examples of inorganic compounds?


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Some examples of inorganic compounds are ammonium chromate, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen fluoride and silver oxide. Inorganic compounds almost always lack carbon.

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What are some examples of inorganic compounds?
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Organic compounds have molecules that are based in carbon and hydrogen. Proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and carbohydrates are all examples of organic compounds.These differ greatly from inorganic compounds.

Organic compounds have carbon because carbon has the ability to form chemical bonds on an atom. However, there are a few inorganic compounds that contain carbon like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. This has raised the question among scientists about the way these compounds have been classified. Some argue that the classification of inorganic and organic compounds should be restructured and that organic compounds should only include those compounds that contain both carbon and hydrogen.

Inorganic compounds, due to their lack of carbon-based chemical bonds, are usually very simple. They include elements that have joined together to make basic chemicals. Table salt is one such compound because it contains only one sodium and one chlorium atom. Water is another simple inorganic compound because it contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Carbon dioxide falls into the inorganic compound list because it only contains one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms.

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