Monday, August 24, 2009

Chemical Composition of Everyday Products

Chemical Composition of Everyday Products
Greenwood | ISBN 0-07-142240-4 | Pdf | 220 pgs | 2 mb
Welcome to the enormous world of chemical products for the average consumer! We all reside in an environment richly filled with numerous consumer choices, in which chemistry plays a pivotal role. Chemistry, often described as the systematic study of all substances, is an extremely important part of human society.

The study of chemistry encompasses the composition and properties of all matter and any changes exhibited when there is a reaction with other types of substances. Matter, of course, is any substance that occupies space within the universe and has a property called mass. Any substance that can be characterized and quantified by weight has mass. A change that may result from the interaction of two or more substances is defined as a chemical reaction, and the substances individually are termed chemicals.

Thus, chemistry is part of the study of the functioning and properties of the physical world. In other words, chemistry is a specialization in the general field of science. Life is frequently described as a series of choices within the overall chemistry of the world. Therefore, a description of the chemistry of everyday products is simply a guide to specific types of chemical items available in modern societies that have come to symbolize convenience, prosperity, and an increase in the overall quality of our lives. The materials used by the chemical industry are chosen for many reasons, including cost, product performance, consumer use comfort, and so on.

The goal of this book, although certainly not exhaustive, is to describe in general language the specific chemical composition of a range of consumer products while also highlighting such topics as the historical use of the product, physical functioning, and any associated environmental and/or human healthrelated issues.

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