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What is Chemistry?
Simply put, chemistry is the study of matter. Matter makes up everything around us, as well as our own bodies. Chemistry is the study everything—on a very, very small scale. Okay, it might not be...
Ah, now on to what really matters: matter. Matter exists in three forms, or what scientists like to call states or phases. Matter, on planet earth, exists primarily in a solid form, liquid form, or...
This is elementary, my dear Watson. Actually, the elements are anything but elementary. For starters, there are 118 known elements and a few still undiscovered elements1. How do we know that there...
Atoms: CompositionAtoms are a small subunit of matter. Previously, atoms were thought of as the smallest unit of matter. However, atoms are made of even smaller units of matter, which are in turn m...
The Periodic Table
The periodic table is a chemist's best friend. It will also be our BFF for much of this course. Tried and true, it will illuminate the path to chemical enlightenment, or at the very least help with...
Bonding & Chemical Reactions
When chemists talk about "bonding," it is not code for some Cold War spy mission to find James Bond. It refers to something way cooler. Okay, maybe just slightly cooler. Bonding is the term used to...
What is Chemistry? Chemistry is the study of matter. Matter makes up everything around us, including us. Matter is made up of small subunits called atoms. The behavior of matter depends on what its...
Test Your Knowledge
What is Chemistry? 1. What is chemistry?a. A pseudo-science developed to torture studentsb. The study of numbers and formulasc. The study of matter and how it behavesd. The study of intergalactic f...
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