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CHEM 001 Lecture Notes, Prof. Wei-Min Dai 1 CHEM 001 Introductory Chemistry URL: http://ihome.ust.hk/~chdai/wmdai.html Course Web Site: http://lmes2.ust.hk Course Mailing list: [email protected] Prof. Wei-Min DAI Chapter 1 Chemistry: A Science for All Seasons What Is Chemistry? • Involved in everything • Shapes civilization • Matter – anything having mass Most changes in matter are accompanied by changes in energy. Study of matter and the changes matter undergoes
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CHEM 001 Lecture Notes, Prof. Wei-Min Dai 2 Science and Technology Science: study of the material world Two facets Technological practical application Philosophical theoretical application Technology arose during prehistoric times Philosophy arose during the Enlightenment What Is Science? • Accumulation of knowledge about nature and our physical world based on observation and tests of assumptions & the theories that we use to explain that knowledge • NOT just a collection of unalterable facts Scientific Laws, Theories, and Models • Scientific law: universal explanation of specific phenomena • Scientific theory: best current explanation for various phenomena – Makes predictions for further experiments • Scientific model: explains complicated phenomena
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2012 for the course CHEM 001 taught by Professor Wei-mindai during the Fall '08 term at HKUST.

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