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Chemicals & reactions
Richards, Jon, 1970-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Copper Beech Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm.
Describes experiments that demonstrate such chemical reactions as freezing, dissolving, and filtering and explains why they happen.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library QD501 .R544 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Our world is built from the 105 simple substances called elements.Some exist in a pure form on their own, and some combine to form compounds. The smallest piece of any element is called an atom. When different atoms join together during reactions they form particles or molecules of new substances. Every day we are surrounded they hundreds of reactions which make our lives possible. Readers will learn about chemicals and reactions and further their understanding of the world around them and how it works.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. With a colorful format; easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions; and succinct sidebars explaining why each experiment works, Richards uses a creative context to provide young science enthusiasts with a fine introduction to experimenting with chemical reactions. Requiring only common household items, the experiments are simple enough to be done independently as well as in the classroom. Their difficulty varies: more elaborate ones result in papier-machemasks, jewelry made of flour, and bubbling volcanoes. Along the way, Richards unobtrusively introduces new vocabulary that can be understood in context and is later reiterated in a cross-reference glossary. Expertly arranged photographs demonstrate each step of the processes, and diagrams illustrate the chemical reactions. A useful resource likely to provide hours of educationally sound fun. --Roger Leslie

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