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The extraordinary chemistry of ordinary things
Snyder, Carl H.
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New York : Wiley, [1992]

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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library QD33 .S69 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Teaches chemistry in context on a need-to-know basis. Using ordinary consumer products as examples, it explores the chemical principles behind them and how these principles affect our lives on a larger scale. A wealth of photographs and illustrations, boxed examples, end-of-chapter questions and exercises create an enjoyable learning experience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Chemistry: Turning on the Light
Chapter 2 Atoms and Elements: The Building Blocks of Chemistry
Chapter 3 Chemical Bonding: Ionic and Covalent Compounds
Chapter 4 Discovering the Secrets of the Nucleus: From a Photographic Mystery to the Atomic Bomb
Chapter 5 Harnessing the Secrets of the Nucleus: Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Medicine, and a Nuclear Calendar
Chapter 6 Introduction to Organic Chemistry: The Power of Hydrocarbons
Chapter 7 Petroleum: The Driving Force of Energy
Chapter 8 Working with Chemistry: Food, Fuel, and Energy
Chapter 9 Arithmetic of Chemistry: Concentrating on Pollution
Chapter 10 Acids and Bases: If it Tastes Sour it Must be an Acid
Chapter 11 Oxidation and Reduction: The Electricity of Chemistry
Chapter 12 Solids, Liquids, and Especially Gases: The States of Matter
Chapter 13 Surfactants: Soaps and Detergents: Cleaning Up with Chemistry
Chapter 14 Chemicals, Pollution, and the Environment: The Meaning of Pollution
Chapter 15 Fats and Oils: The Triglycerides We Eat
Chapter 16 Carbohydrates: Food for Thought
Chapter 17 Proteins: First Among Equals
Chapter 18 The Chemistry of Heredity: Molecular Genetics
Chapter 19 Vitamins, Minerals, and Additives: Micronutrients and Other Food Chemicals
Chapter 20 Poisons, Toxins, Hazards, and Risks: What's Safe and What Isn't
Chapter 21 Polymers and Plastics: The Plastic Age
Chapter 22 Cosmetics and Personal Care: Looking Good and Smelling Nice with Chemistry
Chapter 23 Medicines and Drugs: Chemicals and the Mind
Appendix A A Short Guide to Exponential Notation: Counting Beyond Nine
Appendix B The Metric System: The Measure of All Things
Appendix C Using Units Cancellation: Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers
Appendix D Significant Figures: Budgeting for Gasoline
Appendix E Working with Avogadro's Number: A Remarkable Calculation
Answers to Selected Even-Numbered Exercises
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