Acids and Bases

Acids and Bases

by Carol Baldwin
     
 

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Acids and bases have some amazing features. This book tells you everything you need to know about them. There are loads of photos and facts. This will help you to get to grips with the topic and find answers quickly. Includes exiting photos, bite-sized chunks of information, and tips for further research that will help with your homework.

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Acids and bases have some amazing features. This book tells you everything you need to know about them. There are loads of photos and facts. This will help you to get to grips with the topic and find answers quickly. Includes exiting photos, bite-sized chunks of information, and tips for further research that will help with your homework.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Baldwin makes the chemistry of acids and bases fascinating by the extensive use of practical examples from everyday life: take nettle stings away with the dock plant; use baking soda, a base, for a bee sting; use vinegar, an acid, for a wasp sting; and use catalytic converters to take up the nitrogen oxides in car exhausts. The processes for etching glass with acids, making soap from bases, and testing pH with natural substances are included. The descriptions of cave formation, how acid rain is neutralized, and how to save old books go beyond the dry explanations for acids and bases found in some textbooks. The photographic presentation adds value and space to each page, making the amount of textual information very manageable. Knowledge is extended with annotated websites and strategies for both search engines and search directories. It is helpful that any new chemical vocabulary is in bold in the text and defined at the bottom of each page, as well as in the glossary at the end of the book. However, the index could have been more inclusive. Part of the "Material Matters" series. 2004, Raintree, Ages 10 up.
—Sue Stefurak
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These fast-paced presentations of chemistry basics are likely to appeal to readers who thrill to pages filled with cool photos and various avenues of discovery to pursue. Throughout each title, quirky information is packaged in bubbles and boxes that are reminiscent of Internet pop-up windows. But for other readers, these features may be distracting, especially when tangential material leads away from the subject at hand. This is particularly true in Chemical Reactions, in which the density of the ideas presented coupled with the nature of the supplemental facts may lead to information overload. Students looking for research to support science-fair projects will like the logical organization, the "Word Bank" definitions at the bottom of the pages, and the quick explanations. For those seeking a slower-paced, more in-depth narrative, Chris Oxlade's titles in the "Chemicals in Action" series (Heinemann) may be a better fit.-Jenna Miller, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410909350
Publisher:
Raintree Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Material Matters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Carol Baldwin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has written for a variety of local and national publications. Baldwin developed Teaching the Story from materials that she taught in several different classrooms. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and presents at educational conferences and workshops nationwide. You can contact Carol Baldwin through Maupin House Publishing for in-service training and conference speaking.

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