If you have ever wondered how your toothpaste freshens and cleans your mouth, or how your medication makes you feel better, or how fireworks and explosions work, then you have probably been thinking about the chemistry behind those processes. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, “chemistry is the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo.” When you cook, knowing chemistry allows you to understand how food actually changes as it heats up, it can also explain how food goes bad, how ingredients mix together to give certain taste, and how your body will absorb it for nutrients. Chemistry can help us understand the dangers (e.g. poisons, pollutants) and benefits of certain cleaning products (e.g. laundry detergent, soap, bleach). Furthermore, chemistry allows us to understand how our presence on this earth affects the environment. Is there too much carbon dioxide emitted in the atmosphere? Are our oceans getting more polluted by ineffectual sewage disposal? Chemistry shows us these discussions on both micro and macro levels.
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