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Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
study of carbon compounds
organic molecules consisting only of carbons and hydrogens
differ in the covalent arrangement of their atoms
differ in arrangement about a double bond; where the X represents an atom or group of atoms attached to a double-bonded carbon
differ in spatial arrangement around an asymmetric carbon, resulting in molecules that are mirror images
the components of organic molecules that are most commonly involved in chemical reations
ATP; primary energy-transferring molecule in the cell