Lecture_1--Introduction_to_Chemistry

Lecture_1--Introduction_to_Chemistry - Introduction to...

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1 Introduction to Chemistry General Chemistry 1 The Basics Chemistry is the study of matter , its interactions and reactions, and the energy associated with those processes. Matter is substance that has mass and volume – all of the objects around us. Energy is the potential or capacity to move or change matter. Alchemy Alchemy was the earliest attempts to practice chemistry as a “science”. Alchemists attempted to change cheap metals into gold, among other things.
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2 Modern Chemistry Modern Chemistry began with the work of Antoine Lavoisier in the late 18 th Century. Lavoisier was one of the first chemists to use quantitative measurements in chemistry. Lavoisier was an experimentalist testing his theories in the physical world, rather than simply arguing them philosophically. Results may support hypothesis or require modification of theory. Theory creates new questions to answer. Hypotheses are formed. Experiment Explanation or Theory Scientific Method: Scientific Method Lavoisier was one of the first chemists to apply a modern Scientific Method to his work. The scientific method is a cyclical process of experimentation or controlled observation and explanation, hypothesis and theory - to increase understanding about the
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course CHEM 230 taught by Professor Levi during the Spring '11 term at Skyline College.

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