Why is chemistry so important?
Chemistry is a great subject to introduce students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Chemistry also provides a great route into a number of professions such as: engineering, developing perfumes, energy, teaching, computing, environmental science, medicine, and many more areas besides.
Chemistry is based on problem-solving, and to challenge ideas. Chemistry also regularly requires teamwork and good communication skills which is also of huge benefits for project management.
I’m not exactly surrounded in Chemistry…, am I?
Well yes, actually wee are all constantly being exposed to chemistry, just think of the can of fizzy pop, the chemistry is the can itself, to the paint and then leading to the drink itself within the can.
As we breathe the air around us, we perform a chemical reaction, a little scary, I admit, but also incredibly fascinating.
Chemistry can be looked upon as the ‘central science’ as it connects the sciences together, biology and physics and also incorporates maths too.
Chemists use their knowledge and experiments to develop medicines, fabrics and food, from shatterproof glass to neon lights. Chemistry is also used to understand the world around us from air pollutants to the changing colours of the leaves.
Our chemistry tutors regularly get to asked some great questions like:
Why do onions make you cry?
As it happens onions are particularly good at absorbing sulphur, when an onion is cut you release all of the sulphur which has been absorbed.
Why does Ice Float?
If ice didn’t float lakes and rivers would freeze from the bottom up causing them to solidify.
What is the difference between Radiation and radioactive?
Radiation comes in the form of radiant particles and is the result of nuclear disintegration
Radioactive materials are atoms that have stored energy and may release them in the future causing radiation.
How Does Soap Clean?
Soap is a mixture of salt and fatty acid, soaps are used as cleansers and they clean by acting as a surfactant and emulsifier. It surrounds the oil enabling it to be rinsed away with water.
Why Do Leaves Change Colour?
Chlorophyll is the pigment within leaves and plants which appears to make them green but its not the only colour present, do you know what effects the apparent colour of the leaves?
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