Chemistry for Engineering Students by Larry Brown, Tom Holme

By Larry Brown, Tom Holme

To be an engineering significant, you have to a superb comprehension of uncomplicated chemistry. CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERING scholars explains chemistry out of your perspective, demonstrating how it is correct to many of the engineering fields. From this molecular point to the macro point, this chemistry textbook connects chemistry to math and physics so that you will not be careworn. And with hundreds research instruments outfitted correct in, this textbook is helping you are making definite you've gotten mastered the fabric for the try out.

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We will wait to introduce this perspective in detail in the next two chapters — but here we point out that you certainly have encountered chemical symbols in your previous studies. The famous “H two O” molecule we have noted is never depicted as we have done here in the quotation marks. Rather, you have seen the symbolic representation of water, H2O. In Chapter 2, we will look at chemical formulas in more detail and in Chapter 3, we will see how we use them to describe reactions using chemical equations.

In popular culture, saying that something is just a theory indicates uncertainty. In science, a theory has significant credibility gained by many observations that confirm its validity. The number of observations made in the history of science is tremendous. To organize this vast amount of information, scientists create models and theories to make sense of a range of observations. The words “model” and “theory” are sometimes used interchangeably, although some scientists feel that the distinctions between the two are important.

Similarly, the chemical properties of aluminum are important. Pure aluminum would be very likely to react with the acids in many popular soft drinks. So aluminum cans are coated inside with a thin layer of polymer — a plastic — to keep the metal from reacting with the contents. This demonstrates how knowing chemical properties can allow product designers to account for and avoid potentially harmful reactions. When we observe chemical reactions macroscopically, we encounter three common forms, or phases, of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.

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