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(Houghton Mifflin site for chemical careers)
http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff.html (what’s that stuff)
http://www.chemistryguide.org/index.php (extensive chemistry portal with website links)
http://www.rsc.org/Chemsoc/index.asp (Chemical Society portal with links)
http://www.chemweb.com/ (chemistry portal)
http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html (chemistry portal with website links)
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/ (alchemy website)
http://www.learner.org/ (science resources and videos by Annenberg media)
http://environmentalhealthnews.org/ (environmental; health)
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ (technical information on diverse topics)
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/%7emwm/sci.html (science centers world-wide)
http://www.library.ucsb.edu/subjects/chem/chemuniv.html (academic chem. depts. in the world)
http://www.chemistry-conferences.com/ (schedule of worldwide chemical conferences)
Cobb and Fetterolf. The Joy of Chemistry. Prometheus Books: New York, 2005.
Pollack. Uncertain Science, Uncertain World. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2003.
Munowitz. Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law. Oxford University Press: New York, 2005.
Cole. Mind Over Matter. Harvest Books: Orlando, 2003. 5 Copyright © 2007 by Concise Books Publishing LLC. Visit us at www.concisechem.com to download other free chapters from "The Concise Guide to Chemistry." CHAPTER 1.2.1
• • INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY Chemistry is the Fundamental Science Chemistry interacts and supports all other sciences; its scope spans from the theoretical
sciences, such as theoretical physics, to life sciences, such as biology.
There are no hard border lines between sciences, and chemistry connects them all.
In essence, chemistry is the founding block on which all other sciences build, and it’s the
application tool that allows us to manipulate atoms to form chemicals that we want. 1.2.2
• 1: Everything is Made of Chemicals Everything you touch, smell, taste, consume, and see is made of chemicals (e.g.,
clothes you wear, book you’re touching, water we drink, air we breathe, etc.).
Everything we do involves chemicals: our body is a big beaker of chemical reactions
(e.g. breathing is an exchange of gases; metabolism of food is a chemical process, etc.) Sample Problem 1.1: Can you name something that is not made from chemicals?
You’d be quite stumped if I asked you to name anything that is not made of chemicals or something that is not a
chemical reaction. Can you?
Some chemicals are natural (i.e., occur in nature) and some are synthetic (i.e., man-made).
Many think of natural chemicals as good and synthetic as bad, which has lead to
chemophobia, the fear of chemicals.
• Natural chemicals, such as oxygen we breathe and water we drink are good, but how
about poison ivy and poison from the black widow spider? They are natural, but
• Synthetic chemicals, such a...
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