We're all natural-born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent such as fingernail polish remover, or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions, we're doing chemistry. You might even say that we're all participating in a grand chemistry experiment that started with the first human who mixed pigments to create a cave painting. Why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we're young? Maybe it has something to do with the way it's taught in school.
Now there's a fun, easy way to learn basic chemistry. Whether you're studying chemistry in school and you're looking for a little help making sense of what's being taught in class, or you're just into learning new things for their own sake, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more. In no time you'll:
- Understand atomic structure and function
- Use the Periodic Table of elements
- Know what happens when matter changes from one state to another
- Explore ionic and covalent bonding
- Get a handle on chemical reactions
- Perform simple chemistry calculations
- Understand acids, bases, pHs, antacids, and gases
Make sense of Boyle's Law, Avrogadro's Law, and other key laws in chemistry.
AUTHOR BIO: John T. Moore, Ed.D., has been a teacher for more than 30 years. Numerous grants have permitted him to focus on the professional development of elementary and middle school teachers of science.
WORKBOOK AUTHOR BIO: Peter J. Mikulecky, PhD, teaches science and mathematics at Fusion Learning Center and Fusion Academy in Solana Beach, California. Katherine Brutlag teaches chemistry and other sciences at Fusion Academy. Michelle Rose Gilman is the founder of Fusion Learning Center and Fusion Academy. Brian Peterson is head of the science department at Fusion Academy.