This book highlights the importance of chemistry in human well-being by introducing the readers to the basic usefulness of chemistry in everyday life. Chemistry has helped in creating valuable products that have transformed the lifestyle of people. Since we spend lots of money in buying our daily requirements, there is a need for us to understand the benefits and hazards of using consumer products which contain chemicals. In this context, this book will help readers to make reasoned choices and intelligent decisions in buying consumer products which contain chemicals. This text is divided into seventeen chapters devoted to the basic necessities of life like food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and energy and consumer products. Topics on chemistry in environment, crime, warfare, arts, conservation, communications and transportation are also highlighted in individual chapters. All these topics are discussed with regard to the needs of modern society. In this third edition, the various chapters have been updated with current information keeping the language simple and friendly. Critical thinking exercises and questions have been included. The style of questions included in the book is to meet the requirement of various competitive examinations such as Indian Civil Services and entrance examinations in medicine and engineering.
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Table of ContentsPreface • AcknowledgementsChapter 1 Importance of Chemistry in SocietyChapter 2 Chemistry in Agriculture and Plant ProtectionChapter 3 Chemicals of LifeChapter 4 Chemical Processing and Preservation of FoodsChapter 5 Chemistry in Housing and Household Chapter 6 Chemistry of Textiles and ClothingChapter 7 Chemistry in Medicine and HealthcareChapter 8 Chemistry in Arts, Communications and TransportChapter 9 Chemistry in Crime and Law EnforcementChapter 10 Chemistry and Modern WarfareChapter 11 Chemistry of CosmeticsChapter 12 Chemistry and Consumer ProductsChapter 13 Chemistry and Our EnvironmentChapter 14 Plastics and CeramicsChapter 15 Energy and ChemistryChapter 16 Enzymes: The Vital BiocatalystsChapter 17 Chemistry, Economics and PoliticsAppendices • Further ReadingsModel Questions from the Text • Index