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The joy of chemistry

the amazing science of familiar things

Published by Prometheus in Amherst, N.Y .
Written in English.

About the Edition

This book challenges the perception of chemistry as too difficult to bother with and too clinical to be any for. Cathy Cobb and Monty L Fetterolf, both professional chemists and experienced educators, introduce readers to the magic, elegance, and, yes, joy of chemistry. From the fascination of fall foliage and fireworks, to the functioning of smoke detectors and computers, to the fundamentals of digestion (as when good pizza goes bad!), the authors illustrate the concepts of chemistry in terms of everyday experience, using familiar materials. The authors begin with a bangs colourful bottle rocket assembled from common objects you find in the garage - and then present the principles of chemistry using household chemicals and friendly, non-technical language. They guide the reader through the basics of atomic structure, the nature of molecular bonds, and the vibrant universe of chemical reactions. Using analogy and example to illuminate essential concepts such as thermodynamics, photochemistry, electrochemistry, and chemical equilibrium, they explain the whys and wherefores of chemical reactions. Hands-on demonstrations, selected for their ease of execution and relevance, illustrate basic principles, and lively commentaries emphasise the fun and fascination of learning about chemistry. This delightful and richly informative book amply proves that chemistry can appeal to our intuition, logic, and - if we are willing to get down and dirty - our sense of enjoyment too --- Product Description.

Table of Contents

PART 1 INTRODUCTION: Theory, Octaves, and Scales
CHAPTER 1. Electrons and Atoms, Elephants and Fleas
CHAPTER 2. Periodically Speaking
CHAPTER 3. Reason, Reactions, and Redox
CHAPTER 4. The Basic Stuff
CHAPTER 5. Chemical Partners: Who Does What to Whom
CHAPTER 6. The Tie That Binds, the Chemicals That Bond
CHAPTER 7. Sticking to Principles
CHAPTER 8. Slipping and Sliding, Intermolecularly
CHAPTER 9. Concentration-On Being Alone Together
CHAPTER 10. It's a Gas
CHAPTER 11. When Gases Put On Airs
CHAPTER 12. Crystal Clear Chemistry
CHAPTER 13. When Matters Heat Up
CHAPTER 14. A Whole New Phase
CHAPTER 15. Equilibrium-Chemistry's Two-Way Street
CHAPTER 16. Colligative Properties-Strength in Numbers
CHAPTER 17. Chemical Kinetics-A Veritable Explosion
CHAPTER 18. Electrons and Photons-Turning on the Light
PART 2 INTRODUCTION: Playing the Tunes
CHAPTER 1. Simply Organic
CHAPTER 2. Chemistry Rocks
CHAPTER 3. The Body of Chemistry Meets the Chemistry of the Body
CHAPTER 4. Chemist as Analyst
CHAPTER 5. Harry, Hogwarts, and Folk Pharmacopoeias-Mysteries in the Past and Magic in the Future.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-353) and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
QD35 .C56 2010

The Physical Object

393 pages :
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
1591027713, 1448713978
9781591027713, 9781448713974

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