Chemical Reactions: Investigating an Industrial Accident

Chemical Reactions: Investigating an Industrial Accident

by Richard Spilsbury
     
 

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The calm of the night is shattered by an explosion and flames: a chemical factory is on fire, and a dangerous gas is drifting across town! This book looks at the topic of chemical reactions to explain the properties of chemicals and how they react, what has caused the explosion, and how the resulting fire and pollution can be tackled. It shows how the emergency

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The calm of the night is shattered by an explosion and flames: a chemical factory is on fire, and a dangerous gas is drifting across town! This book looks at the topic of chemical reactions to explain the properties of chemicals and how they react, what has caused the explosion, and how the resulting fire and pollution can be tackled. It shows how the emergency services use their knowledge of science and technology to make the factory safe, and how investigators can analyze the evidence to determine the cause of the disaster.

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Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
This nonfiction title explores a fictional chemical plant accident, guiding readers through the possible causes, environmental impact and dangers, as well as long-term side effects. Interspersed throughout the text are short excerpts about real plant disasters, such as the Union Carbide accident in Bhopal that killed almost 10,000 people. Spilsbury introduces and explains many key chemistry vocabulary terms, such as reactants, products, exothermic/endothermic, molecules, and neutralization. On the positive side, the text is grade-appropriate and very informative without going too in-depth for a casual reader. Unfortunately, the format sometimes feels a bit chaotic; readers may find it hard to follow the underlying story. The title’s format seems setup for skimming, but the number and variety of sidebars make it challenging for the reader to judge what is essential to read and what is supplemental. For some middle and high school readers, this may make the title more difficult to comprehend. Reviewer: Laura Ruttig; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 5–7—Each of these multipurpose volumes opens with an example of a generic accident or incident, then goes on to present evidence gathered by investigators-with explanations of the scientific principles and procedures employed to understand it-and invitations to readers to sift the clues, make the calculations, and draw conclusions for themselves. Car Crash, for example, outlines how discovering the causes of an accident involves not only observing tire marks, vehicle positions, weather factors, and the like, but also knowing Newton's laws of motion, studying the effects of pressure on metals, and calculating velocities and directions. "You're the Investigator!" text boxes encourage critical-thinking skills, while others supply additional facts. Every volume includes photos, charts, and a low-tech project.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432976064
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Anatomy of an Investigation Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Spilsbury is an experienced author of nonfiction books for young people. He has written about a wide range of topics including science, nature, and history.

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