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Chemistry Connections: The Chemical Basis of Everyday Phenomena
Kerry K. Karukstis & Gerald R. Van Hecke
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
* Why does soap lather in soft water than in hard water?
* Why won't a glass of water relieve the burning sensation of chili peppers?
* Why does baking soda extinguish a fire?
* Why are opals and pearls iridescent?
* Why do lightsticks glow?
* Why do old oil paintings discolor?
* Why do kidney stones form?
* Why is Pyrex used for cooking?
The answers to these and many more questions about our everyday experiences and observations are found in Chemistry Connections: The Chemical Basis of Everyday Phenomena. This collection of contemporary real-world examples of chemistry in action is written in a question-and-answer format with presentations, in both lay and technical terms, of the chemical principles underlying numerous familiar phenomena and topical curiosities. Introductory college chemistry students, educators, working chemists, and anyone curious about the world around them will find the book a fascinating discussion of chemistry in our everyday lives.
Special features of interest:
* a question-and-answer format of topical subjects to engage the reader
* general explanations in accessible terms to highlight the chemical principles to provide specific details for a more in-depth interpretation
* indexing of questions according to key principles or terms to enhance instructional use
* figures and chemical structures to illustrate further the chemical concepts presented
* references to related World Wide Web sites for further explanation

"...provides students & teachers with the real-world applications of chemistry...discusses chemistry's connections to medicine, food, space, the environment, fabrics/clothing & personal care...question & answer format.

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In a question-and-answer format, Karukstis and Van Hecke (both chemistry, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California) explain the chemistry underlying daily life in both lay and technical terms. In each entry they discuss the chemical essence and specifics, provide diagrams or formula, and identify print and online sources for more information. They intend not only to amuse and fascinate general readers, but also to engage beginning college students in the discipline and introduce principles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124008601
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Connections to Medicine
Connections to Recreation
Connections to Food
Connections to Space
Connections to the Outdoors and the Environment
Connections to the Office
Connections to the Household
Connections to the Theater and the Arts
Connections to Currency and Gems
Connections to Fabrics and Clothing
Connections to Personal Care
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