Welcome to the online realm of chemistry. This is an educational website covering general, inorganic, organic, physical and interdisciplinary areas of chemical sciences.
I launched this website in the international year of chemistry (2011) to help novice to advanced level students who pursue this subject either seriously or as a part of their studies and at the same time to contribute to the progress of science and technology by encouraging people to learn and question, especially by participating in the discussions.
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WHAT IS CHEMISTRY?
The scenery that first strikes our mind whenever we try to envision a science laboratory is full of glazy glass equipment with vividly colored liquids and the people with white aprons doing some sort of mixing and shaking to be fascinated at changes that most of the times accompanying the liberation of fancy gases. That is actually a chemical laboratory, often used by movie makers to impress us. Most of the times, this eye soothing laboratory environment kindles curiosity and more or less intellectual inquiry about science. And all the credit goes to chemistry.
However when it comes to the actual learning process, especially at school level, the chemical equations written in the text books seem to be sacred mantras and vigorously agitate the tender brains of pupil. Now they start asking what is this mystery?
So let us start with the question "What is chemistry?".
Chemistry is the systematic study of composition, synthesis, properties of substances and the changes they undergo.
It involves interpreting, correlating, and predicting the properties and structural aspects of an enormous range of materials along with the possible interactions between them. It investigates the ways in which they interact or undergo change to form new substances.
Chemistry is not an isolated discipline but closely related to and interwoven with other branches of scientific discipline like physics, biology, geology etc., and some times lend the physical principles from other areas of science and technology to understand the structure, characterization and properties of substances. As is true for other sciences, mathematics is an essential tool to understand the innate nature of chemical sciences.
The etymology of the word chemistry has been much disputed and obscure. However most of it is evolved from the medieval practice of alchemy. The foundations of this fascinating subject can be found along the timeline of development of science and technology from ancient times to modern era.
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