The Handy Chemistry Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book by Justin P. Lomont, Ian C. Stewart

By Justin P. Lomont, Ian C. Stewart

Simplifying the advanced chemical reactions that occur in daily during the well-stated solutions for greater than six hundred universal chemistry questions, this reference is the go-to advisor for college students and pros alike. The booklet covers every thing from the historical past, significant personalities, and groundbreaking reactions and equations in chemistry to laboratory suggestions all through heritage and the most recent advancements within the box. Chemistry is a vital element of all existence that connects with and affects all branches of technology, making this readable source necessary throughout a number of disciplines whereas closing obtainable at any point of chemistry historical past. From the search to make gold and early versions of the atom to sun cells, bio-based fuels, and eco-friendly chemistry and sustainability, chemistry is frequently on the vanguard of technological switch and this reference breaks down the necessities into an simply understood layout.

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Simplifying the advanced chemical reactions that ensue in daily throughout the well-stated solutions for greater than six hundred universal chemistry questions, this reference is the go-to consultant for college students and execs alike. The booklet covers every thing from the heritage, significant personalities, and groundbreaking reactions and equations in chemistry to laboratory strategies all through heritage and the most recent advancements within the box.

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How are elements named? The names of elements often have interesting origins. They have been named after people, places, colors, mythological creatures, or for a variety of other reasons. Some are 19 named after scientists, such as Curium (after Marie and Pierre Curie), Lawrencium (Ernest Lawrence), Seaborgium (Glenn Seaborg), Mendelevium (Dmitri Mendeleev), Einsteinium (Albert Einstein), and Bohrium (Niels Bohr). Others are named after places, such as Lutetium (Lutetia means Paris in Greek), Californium, Berkelium (Berkeley, California), Americium, Dubnium (Dubna, Russia), Hassium (Hessen, Germany), Yttrium, Ytterbium, Terbium, and Erbium (these last four being named after Ytterby, Sweden).

Plasmas are found in fluorescent lights and neon lights. If you’ve ever seen a Tesla coil at a science museum, the arcs of light that they produce are plasma, as is lightning. Plasma TVs and plasma lamps are correctly named—both generate light using plasma, similar to fluorescent lights. What is a phase diagram? A phase diagram shows the phases of a particular substance as a function of temperature and pressure. An example for a single component phase diagram (as in not a mix- 33 A phase diagram shows the phases of a particular substance as a function of temperature and pressure.

We are what we eat. What’s special or different about organic foods? While the precise definition is still changing, everyone agrees that organic foods are those grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. The “organic” label also frequently excludes the use of irradiation and genetically modified fruits and vegetables. Whether the food tastes better, or is healthier to eat, is for you (or at least someone other than us) to say. What gives a food its taste? Molecules, of course!

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