Why does carbon has millions of compounds?

Asked by  | 22nd Jun, 2008, 11:36: AM

Expert Answer:

Since carbon has a far greater tendency to form molecular chains and rings than do other elements, its compounds are vastly more numerous (many millions have been described) than all others known. .Also carbon has the ability to form both sigma and pi bonds to itself. This is due to an overlap between pi-electron orbitals, allowing electron density to be shared and thus stabilising the bond.Thus it has a high catenation and forms large number of compounds.

Answered by  | 28th Jun, 2008, 12:38: PM

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