xxxi, 656,  p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
An introduction to chemistry : turning on the light -- Atoms and elements : the building blocks of chemistry -- Chemical bonding : ionic and covalent compounds -- Discovering the secrets of the nucleus : from a photographic mystery to the atomic bomb -- Energy, medicine, and a nuclear calendar : using the secrets of the nucleus -- The arithmetic of chemistry : concentrating on pollution -- An introduction to organic chemistry : the power of hydrocarbons -- Petroleum : the driving force of energy -- Acids and bases : if it tastes sour it must be an acid -- Oxidation and reduction : the electricity of chemistry -- Solids, liquids, and especially gases : the states of matter -- Surfactants : soaps and detergents : cleaning up with chemistry -- Chemicals, pollution, and the environment : the meaning of pollution -- Energy, food, fats, and oils : fuel for the human engine -- Carbohydrates : food for thought -- Proteins and the chemistry of life : first among equals -- The chemicals of food : minerals, vitamins, and additives -- Poison, toxins, hazards, and risks : what's safe and what isn't --
Polymers and plastics : the plastic age -- Cosmetics and personal care : looking good and smelling nice with chemistry -- Medicine and drugs : chemicals and the mind -- A short guide to exponential notation : counting beyond nine -- The metric system -- Using units cancellation : Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers -- Significant figures -- Working with Avogadro's number : a remarkable calcuation.
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