What Are the 5 Branches of Chemistry?

Five Major Chemistry Disciplines

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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 chemistryphysical chemistry, and biochemistry.

Overview of the 5 Branches of Chemistry

  1. Organic Chemistry - The study of carbon and its compounds; the study of the chemistry of life.
  2. 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.
  1. Analytical Chemistry - The study of the chemistry of matter and the development of tools used to measure properties of matter.
  2. 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.
  3. Biochemistry - This is the study of chemical processes that occur inside of living organisms.
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