Chemistry (Eyewitness Books Series)

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Chemical processes have always been part of life. They enable our bodies to function and are the basis of countless substances and processes we take for granted. This intriguing book explores the world's natural chemistry - how we understand and exploit it.

From the first use of fire, people have practiced chemistry to produce food and drink, tan leather, make dyes for clothes and cosmetics, work metals, and produce glass and pottery. Today, ...
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Overview

Chemical processes have always been part of life. They enable our bodies to function and are the basis of countless substances and processes we take for granted. This intriguing book explores the world's natural chemistry - how we understand and exploit it.

From the first use of fire, people have practiced chemistry to produce food and drink, tan leather, make dyes for clothes and cosmetics, work metals, and produce glass and pottery. Today, chemicals help to purify our water, improve agriculture, and manufacture drugs, synthetic fabrics, and plastics. Our growing knowledge of the Earth's elements, the properties of atoms and DNA, and how substances interact has resulted in many new technologies, products, and scientific advances.

With stunning demonstrations of key experiments and ideas, Chemistry is a fresh and exciting introduction to the discoveries that have shaped and revolutionized our way of life.

Explores the world of chemical reactions and shows the role that chemistry plays in our world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756613945
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 8 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

What is chemistry? 6
Chemistry in nature 8
Chemistry in ancient worlds 10
The first chemists 12
Investigating mixtures 14
Atoms and molecules 16
The elements 18
Investigating compounds 20
The periodic table 22
Looking at metals 24
Discovering nonmetals 26
Looking at air 28
Burning reactions 30
The noble gases 32
Chemical reactions 34
What drives a reaction? 36
Rates of reactions 38
Oxidation and reduction 40
Acids and bases 42
Forming salts 44
Electricity and chemistry 46
The chemistry of carbon 48
The chemistry of life 50
Organic synthesis 52
The first plastics 54
Making synthetic materials 56
The story of chemical analysis 58
Monitoring materials 60
The chemical industry 62
Did you know? 64
Timeline 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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