Chemistry has been around for a long time. Chemistry wasn’t a huge subject back in the days because nobody knew what it was. If you asked a caveman if he knew anything about Lewis Structures, he would most likely be confused. Before Chemistry was founded, people were still very interested with elements. In fact some of our time periods are named after elements such as the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Early humans used the metals as tools and weapons for everyday purposes but that’s about it because our technology wasn’t fully prepared. Prior to the knowledge of the many elements on this earth, life was pretty hard on earth with so little, now flash forward to the creation of a whole new generation. Antoine Lavoisier is known as the father of chemistry. In 1787 Antoine Lavoisier wrote a book called Elements of Chemistry. He put together the first complete list of elements, discovered and named oxygen and hydrogen, helped develop the metric system, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. Prior to chemistry, there was alchemy. Alchemy was unsuccessful in explaining the nature of matter and its transformations however by doing these experiments and recording the results, alchemists set the stage for modern chemistry. The difference of these two was noticed by Robert Boyle. Alchemy and chemistry are both concerned with matter and its transformations but chemistry uses scientific methods to prove their work. Robert Boyle wrote about this in his book titled The Skeptical Chemist.
This paper will be meant to discuss the world before and after the discovery of chemistry and how it came about. The main topic of this essay is on the history of chemistry and its impacts on our everyday lives. You may sit there and ask yourself, “What will I ever do with chemistry in my everyday life?” Truthfully from my standpoint I have come to realize that chemistry is a very important part of our everyday lives. The process in you breathing and how the oxygen is converted to carbon dioxide and then how the plants go through photosynthesis and then produce oxygen for us to breathe and live longer. Although some of this may seem simple, most of it truly is simple. You just have to put a little bit of thought into it.
Chemistry and technology have made a big difference in the way we live and see things in this time. Decades ago technology was not a major part or even part of chemistry. Technology has made chemistry more efficient and accurate. But it was not always easy to tell how chemistry helped or for what reasons it was used for. Society’s life before technology was involved was much more complicated. Well for us it would be, because of what we have now. But society did not always have the right equipment. For the chemists that there was a long time ago chemistry was very important to them. Chemistry is so fundamental to our world chemistry plays a very important role in everyone’s lives. Back then it was a problem identifying about health, materials, and the energy that we use without the advancements of technology. Society before technology was not able it progress as fast as it does .Medicine was not able to made as it is today, today people are not even needed to produce it. Machines can do it themselves now a day. Chemicals were not that easily identified also they were a little more difficult to be tested. Their results were not as easily described and not always accurate. They had a bigger struggle on how to do things but they worked with what they had. Also when someone came up with a new type of virus or some symptom or something that needed medical attention, was complicated for them to try and figure what it was or if it was the weather change. But thankfully technology has been improved to help us live better and in a safe environment.
Alchemy and the Emergence of Chemistry Alchemy, an ancient science used all over the world for metallurgy and healing purposes. Alchemy is the science of converting elements by creating various concoctions through an array of other living things or minerals and transmutations of base metals such as lead to gold. It is the tincturing of metals chemically manipulating "prime matter" (mixture of lead, tin, copper, and iron) through a series of black, white yellow and purple stages (Brock, The Chemical Tree: A History of Chemistry 13). Alchemy’s purpose, the transmutation of an otherwise worthless metal to a refined, more perfected metal such as minerals to gold, and in some instances for human consumption believed to attain longevity and redemption. Hints of ancient alchemical practices are found in modern day China and throughout Europe.
In conclusion the history of chemistry has helped in the development of the periodic table, the x-ray machine, and simple telescopes. The cool thing about all that is that each of these discoveries are still around today and they just keep getting better. Each discovery helps improver every living creature’s life. Chemistry is life, and without chemistry there is no life. This is a very powerful statement, and I believe it holds to be true. Chemistry is found in pretty much every aspect of life.
The Periodic table of elements is an extremely important and useful scientific tool, mostly in the area of chemistry, but also in many other scientific areas. It has been around for hundreds of years and over time has been continuously added to and develop by many different scientists. The Periodic table contains over 100 elements, each one with varying physical and chemical properties. The Periodic table has not been simply one person creating and discovering all the elements, it has been the combined work of many different scientists. Although, Dimitri Mendeleev is often considered the creator or even father of the Periodic system.
In society today it is very rare to find someone who does not own a cell phone. There are ten year old children running around with iPhones. Cell phones have become such an important part of society. They have come along way with the advancements made in technology to allow these phones to do more than you would think possible. We now not only use them to contact people, but use them for social media, to take pictures, surf the web, and get information at the touch of our fingers. It is crazy to think that at one point there were no cell phones. Without the use of chemistry we would not have the cell phones that we use today. Chemistry is defined by the Holt Modern Chemistry textbook as the scientific study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Chemistry is responsible for the batteries that are in all our our cell phones. Without these batteries there would be no phone. The battery is the main power source of the phone and without it then the phone would not work.
Ch 3 Outline: Pg. 61 Once upon a time a Chinese cook combined charcoal with two other common Chinese ingredients. It ended with an explosion of sparks. Even if that story is false, most everyone agrees that fireworks originated from China.
What is a medicine substance that many people go to when they are getting a runny nose, bad cough, or a headache? Vicks created a substance around the 1960s that helped with these types of symptoms. Nyquil is the main thing people will use when they get these sick symptoms. The history of Nyquil and its relations to chemistry are substantial. There are four questions asked to relate Nyquil to Chemistry and they are: What was society like before it, How did natural resources limit or advance it, how is Nyquil affecting society today, and how will it affect our future?
Caffeine, a very common stimulant amongst popular beverages, has stirred up some myths about how the human body reacts to its consumption. Despite the fact that many of Caffeine’s popular beliefs are myths, there is much truth to what society might think of this stimulant. Caffeine is believed to be addictive, a leading cause of insomnia, harmful to pregnant women, unbeneficial towards human health, and many other rumors to be expanded upon.