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What Are the 5 Branches of Chemistry?

What Are the 5 Branches of Chemistry?

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After general chemistry, many people study organic chemistry.

After learning general chemistry, many people study organic chemistry.

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Question: What Are the 5 Branches of Chemistry?

Here is a list of the 5 main branches of chemistry, along with an explanation of what each of the branches studies.

Answer: There are many branches of chemistry or chemistry disciplines. The 5 main major branches of chemistry are considered to be organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

Overview of the 5 Branches of Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry - the study of carbon and its compounds; the study of the chemistry of life.

     

  • Inorganic Chemistry - the study of compounds not-covered by organic chemistry; the study of inorganic compounds or compounds which do not contain a C-H bond. Many inorganic compounds are those which contain metals.

     

  • Analytical Chemistry - the study of the chemistry of matter and the development of tools used to measure properties of matter.

     

  • Physical Chemistry - the branch of chemistry that applies physics to the study of chemistry. Commonly this includes the applications of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics to chemistry.

     

  • Biohemistry - the study of chemical processes that occur inside of living organisms.

     

 

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