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    Please explain why carbon is able to form so many more compounds than any other element.

    What is the difference between aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons?

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    Carbon is a very versatile element. It forms so many compounds because of the following reasons:
    1. a carbon atom can bond to another carbon atom to form countless number of compounds with varying chain length
    (ranging from # of C atoms = 2; to # of C atoms = infinity).
    2. carbon can form single bond, double bond and triple bond with another ...

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    The classes of organic compounds are determined. The differences between aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons are determined.