The Chemical Revolution - T he Chemical Revolution...

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The Chemical Revolution Chemistry- properties, composition, structures of atoms, elements, and compounds. The Discovery of Oxygen (late 18 th ) Phlogiston Theory- the hypothetical principle of fire (late 17 th century). Thinkers wanted to come up with why things burn: every single substance on earth that was flammable had phlogiston in it. The act of being set on fire, the phlogiston was released into the air, and too much could not support respiration. Plants could take in the phlogiston. Three people discovered Oxygen: 1. Carl Scheele- Swedish, believed that there were two types of air: on that supported combustion, one that did not. He did a series of experiments with the air that does support combustion and called it “fire air.” 2. Joseph Priestly- English, was able to produce air that contained little or no “phlogiston.” Put a piece of mercury oxide and burned it. Colorless gas was released. Candles burned brighter next to it and the mouse thrived on the gas produced. He was a big advocate of divine order and believed that science was important because it showed the natural order and can be applied to the social and political balance in
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course HISTORY AMH 2097 taught by Professor Vincent during the Spring '09 term at Florida State College.

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