Applied Chemistry Writing Assignment.docx

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Brent Jones Chemistry 105 Section 1 Brother Sorenson 7/19/19 Applying Chemistry to Cars My father has spent the majority of his life working with his hands and developing skills I will only dream of having. After he graduated from high school, he received one year of formal education from a small tech school in Provo, Utah and upon completing his education there, went to make a living working as a diesel mechanic in truck shops around northern Utah and southwest Wyoming. After marrying my mother, he settled in La Barge, Wyoming where he took a job as a natural gas compressor mechanic and still works as one today. Though my father did not go on to get an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree, he has always been a strong advocate for education, specifically that of math and chemistry. After having the opportunity to study each of these topics, I am beginning to understand how important chemistry is and I am finally realizing why my dad has always encouraged me to learn about it. Because my dad is a mechanic, he instilled in me a desire to learn about cars and the how they work. I have spent some time learning about the systems automobiles operate on, however, I still feel as though I have barely scratched the surface behind the chemistry that is involved in making a car go down the road. As part of this assignment, I have chosen to explore some of the automotive systems that require chemistry. The first that I have chosen to learn more about is the electricity that is generated by the alternator. My knowledge of alternators before this assignment was basic. I knew they generated electricity by either rotating a magnetic field around coils of wire or by rotating coils of wire around a magnetic field. However, it was unclear to me what was happening at an atomic level that caused electricity to be created. After doing some research, I have discovered that electricity is the movement of electrons from one atom to another. I may have heard this before but for the first time this concept made sense to me. Learning about orbitals, electron shells, and the effect that the positive nuclear charge of atoms has on electrons, helped me grasp the concept that if some
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  • Winter '12
  • Chemistry, Electric charge, Sulfuric acid, Lead-acid battery, Electrical conductor

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