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Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. There are many reasons to study chemistry, even if you aren't pursuing a career in science.


Chemistry is everywhere around you! Chemistry sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science. Here are some of the best reasons to study chemistry.


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  1. Chemistry helps you to understand the world and environment around you. Why do leaves change in color when they fall? Why are plants green and not red? How is cheese made? What is in soap and how does it clean things? These are all questions that can be answered by applying chemistry.

  2. Basic knowledge of chemistry helps you to read and understand product labels.

  3. Chemistry can help you make informed decisions. Will a product work as advertised or is it a scam? If you understand how chemistry works you'll be able to separate reasonable expectations from pure fiction.

  4. Chemistry is at the heart of cooking. If you understand the chemical reactions involved in making baked goods rise or neutralizing acidity or thickening sauces, chances are you'll be a better cook.

  5. A pool of chemistry can help keep you safe! You'll know which household chemicals are dangerous to keep together or mix and which can be used safely.

  6. Chemistry teaches useful skills. Because it is a science, learning chemistry means learning how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems.

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