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Chemistry Safety

Chemistry Safety
The inventor, Thomas Edison, loved learning and experimenting. His mother taught him at home and let him create a chemistry lab in the basement. As a young teenager, Edison got a job working on a train. He was kicked off the train after one of his science experiments set a train car on fire. The...

Chemistry Safety

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Weights and Measurements

Weights and Measurements
Let’s say you wanted to tell a friend how large your dog was. You had never heard of inches or feet. How could you explain it? Thousands of years ago, people used common objects to describe and compare measurements. You could use your hand as a measuring tool, i.e., “My dog is 8 hands...

Weights and Measurements

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Solutions and Mixtures

Solutions and Mixtures
Have you ever mixed things in the kitchen just to see what you could make? Maybe you sprinkled some cinnamon or salt in a cup of water or poured in a splash of vinegar or oil. Maybe you called it a potion, but you were also making a solution or a mixture. You were being a...

Solutions and Mixtures

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Styrofoam Polymers

Styrofoam Polymers
Chances are, you use Styrofoam almost daily. Those fold-and-seal take out boxes are made from Styrofoam. So are the thick white cups used to keep your hot cocoa warm. How about those wedges of plastic you find in packing boxes? Styrofoam keeps computers, electronics, and other fragile items safe...

Styrofoam Polymers

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Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic
All plastics contain polymers, but not all polymers are plastic. Confused yet? Let’s break this down. Monomer means “one,” and monomers are small molecules containing one part. These molecules can join with other...

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

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Acids and Bases

Acids and Bases
Let’s head to your kitchen. Taste a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. Did you pucker? Now taste a tiny fleck of baking soda. It’s bitter, right? Lemon juice and vinegar are acidic, while baking soda is alkaline, or a base. Almost every liquid is either an acid or a base. Chemists know that...

Acids and Bases

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What is Matter?

What is Matter?
Matter is all around you. Your bed, your dog, even the air you breathe, are all made of matter. Matter is anything that takes up space, including gases and liquids. Matter takes on different forms, known as the states of matter. You probably already know about solids, gases and liquids,...

What is Matter?

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Chemistry Glossary

Chemistry Glossary
The study of chemistry includes words that you might not have heard before. Words like elements or protons. Understanding what basic chemistry words mean will help you enjoy studying chemistry more. Below are the most common chemistry words you’ll find:

Chemistry Glossary

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Chemistry: What Is It?

Chemistry: What Is It?
Chemistry is the scientific study of matter. Remember, matter is any substance – liquid, gas, or solid. Chemists study the composition of matter – what it’s made of – and how it interacts with energy and other substances. By studying chemistry, scientists can develop new products,...

Chemistry: What Is It?

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Elements

Elements
We know that all matter contains atoms, and those atoms contain protons, neutrons, and electrons. But atoms aren’t all the same. They have different amounts of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Scientists have discovered about 120 different types of atoms – or

Elements

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Computers: History, Components and Future

Computers: History, Components and Future
When you think about computers, you probably think about your home computer, your laptop or even a notepad. Your home computers can do everything from send a letter to plan...

Computers: History, Components and Future

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Mail: A Brief History And How it Works

Mail: A Brief History And How it Works
Today you can send a message to a friend with a touch of a button by text, email or phone call. Two hundred years ago, though, people waited for weeks for a letter from family or friends. Getting a letter in the mail was an exciting, momentous event. The earliest post offices were mail...

Mail: A Brief History And How it Works

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Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins

Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins
Have you ever seen the Goodyear blimp flying overhead above football stadiums or other events? One hundred years ago, blimps, dirigibles and Zeppelins were the way to get around if you wanted to fly. Today, these airships have been largely replaced by

Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins

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Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth

Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth
Men have always dreamed about flying, but most early attempts ended in disaster. Legends and myths are stories that usually teach something or that have a message. A Greek myth teaches us about the folly of men trying to fly. It goes like this: Wicked King Minos cast his architect...

Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth

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All About Airplanes and Flight

Since the beginning of time, man has watched the birds and wished for flight. But birds have light, hollow bones, strong muscles and feathers that make them designed for the air. We humans have heavy bones, weaker muscles and no feathers. We’re not made for flight. People dreamed about flying...

All About Airplanes and Flight

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All About Boats, Rafts and Ships

All About Boats, Rafts and Ships
Long before there were cars or even wagons and carts, people used boats to get around and travel. The first boats were simple rafts, made from logs tied together or canoes, made...

All About Boats, Rafts and Ships

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