The number of carbon compounds is more than those formed by all other elements put together. Justify the statement by giving two reasons.
Carbon is able to form a large number of compounds because of its following properties:
- Catenation : It is the self linking capacity of carbon atoms because of which they are able to form bonds with each other.
- Small size : Carbon atoms have a small size so they are able to form strong and stable bonds with other elements.
- Valency : Carbon has a valency of four which means one carbon atom can bond with 4 carbon atoms or any other monovalent atom.