The Joy of Chemistry

The Joy of Chemistry

The Amazing Science of Familiar Things

Book - 2005
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Random House, Inc.
This book challenges the perception of chemistry as too difficult to bother with and too clinical to be any fun. Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf, both professional chemists and experienced educators, introduce readers to the magic, elegance, and, yes, joy of chemistry. From the fascination of fall foliage and fireworks, to the functioning of smoke detectors and computers, to the fundamentals of digestion (as when good pizza goes bad!), the authors illustrate the concepts of chemistry in terms of everyday experience, using familiar materials.
The authors begin with a bang—a colorful bottle rocket assembled from common objects you find in the garage—and then present the principles of chemistry using household chemicals and friendly, nontechnical language. They guide the reader through the basics of atomic structure, the nature of molecular bonds, and the vibrant universe of chemical reactions. Using analogy and example to illuminate essential concepts such as thermodynamics, photochemistry, electrochemistry, and chemical equilibrium, they explain the whys and wherefores of chemical reactions. Hands-on demonstrations, selected for their ease of execution and relevance, illustrate basic principles, and lively commentaries emphasize the fun and fascination of learning about chemistry.
This delightful and richly informative book amply proves that chemistry can appeal to our intuition, logic, and—if we’re willing to get down and dirty—our sense of enjoyment too.

Baker & Taylor
Written for lay readers, provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry and includes quotations from popular literature to show how chemistry and everyday life intertwine.

Book News
Written by two professional chemists and educators, this text introduces lay readers to the principles of chemistry. Hands-on demonstrations (such as a bottle rocket assembled from common household objects) and quotations from popular literature show how chemistry and everyday life intertwine. Coverage includes the basics of atomic structure, the nature of molecular bonds, and the mechanics of chemical reactions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781591022312
1591022312
Branch Call Number: 540 COB
Characteristics: 393 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fetterolf, Monty L.

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