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are very important compounds in living things. They are important components of structural molecules such as phospholipids and are an important source of energy.
Organic acids have a carboxyl group and long a chain of carbons attached to it.
|Acetic acid, the acid in vinegar, has one more carbon than formic acid.|
Fatty acids are organic acids which have a long chain of carbon and hydrogens attached to the carboxyl group. Oleic Acid is a common saturated fatty acid. Actually the bend in the carbon chain suggests that oleic acid is not completely saturated.
I can't resist this cool looking fatty acid from Chrysanthamums. Notice the interesting triangular ring in the carbon chain.
pgd. revised 7/15//99