Body Care Chemistry


Chemistry is a big part of our lives. It is thanks to chemistry that we have medicines to treat illness, fuel to power vehicles, clothes to wear, and food to eat. Also thanks to chemistry we have products to look after our bodies.

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Chemistry is a big part of our lives. It is thanks to chemistry that we have medicines to treat illness, fuel to power vehicles, clothes to wear, and food to eat. Also thanks to chemistry we have products to look after our bodies.

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
This book in the "Chemtastrophe!" series reminds readers that chemistry, the study of matter, is responsible for most of the products we use daily to look after our bodies. A brief overview of chemistry begins this slim volume. "Fun Facts" sidebars reveal chemistry-related tidbits such that the first chemistry textbook was published in 1789. Inset "How We Know" sections offer historical information, like the chemistry behind hair coloring. Additionally, the scientific method is outlined. Each book in the series provides two simple experiments for readers to try on their own, such as discovering why shampoo cleans hair and testing body care products for pH levels. One of the most interesting elements of this series (and one that should be played up more, given the name of the series) is the inclusion of surprise results from failed experiments, such as Ivory soap and Rogaine. Each volume of the series includes a table of contents, a glossary of bolded terms from the text, an index, and a list of resources for learning more. Large, colorful stock photographs and many sidebars add visual appeal and help break up the generally dry text. As a whole, the series is marred by redundant information; even each individual volume suffers from rehashing the same tired examples and facts. The teenagers featured on the covers may make the series appear appropriate for older readers, but the content and rudimentary experiments suggest a younger audience. While this is not an extensive look at chemistry by any means, understanding the science behind everyday products may increase readers' interest in this subject. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613835524
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Chemtastrophe!
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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