So in my chem notes its written that CCl4 , CH2Cl2 are both organic compounds as they are derived from CH4 which is also an organic compound.

It says that because CCl4 and CH2Cl2 are "derivatives" of CH4

Well...then lets say we involve CH4 in a reaction and take the product and involve the product in another reaction and then take the product of that reaction too and involve IT in another reaction and keep on doing this 10 times and then end up with SO2 does that mean that SO2 is an organic compound too?

I mean if this is the definition then ANY element/compound can be termed as an organic compound right?

Please help.

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    $\begingroup$ sigh... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_compound $\endgroup$
    – MaxW
    Dec 1, 2016 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ maybe she means that it only goes till 1 reaction. Like if the product of the first reaction of CH4 is another organic compound and not the consecutive reactions? $\endgroup$ Dec 1, 2016 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ You should really check what derivative means... $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Dec 1, 2016 at 16:22


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