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It seems as though irrespective of which of the many branches of chemistry is being covered, chemistry is one of those areas of study that is either dearly loved or bitterly loathed? I must admit that I somewhat dreaded chemistry studies in high school often turning my attentions to the study of physics and biology instead.
It wasn't until I took a materials science and chemistry class as
part of my studies in electrical & biomedical engineering during my second year at university that I really began to see the usefulness of chemistry in everyday life. I really developed an appreciation for the many fascinating areas covered by the different branches of chemistry throughout this time.
Let's face it though, it was either learn to love it, okay I might be going too far now... I'll rephrase that; learn to like it or loathe it for the duration of my studies, making a note to self to protest vehemently that I am an engineer and not chemist! whenever the study of chemistry happened to pop up. Luckily this has been far from the case.
Whether you are just looking for some introductory information on chemistry or are intrigued by the workings of chemistry in everyday life, you will find a great description of the different branches of chemistry here that will definitely spark your interest in the area.
You will also come across a great description of the science fair categories that cover the major branches of chemistry and together these will definitely help you generate ideas for chemistry science fair projects. But first things first...
Chemistry is a branch of science that deals with the structure and composition of matter. It covers the study of the properties of matter, the chemical reactions that they undergo and the way in which the knowledge of matter can be applied to everyday life.
So what is this matter thing? Basically, matter is everything, even you are made up of matter! Matter is the substance that things are made out of. It is made made up of very small entities called atoms and can exist in three states; solid, liquid and gas.
Take water for example, in its solid state it is known as ice and in its liquid state it is the substance that makes up the great oceans, rivers and lakes of the world as well as the refreshing beverage that you drink to quench your thirst. And when it is heated up to a certain extent it turns into steam, its gaseous form.
Generally speaking, there are two main branches of chemistry; organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry and together these make up the study of the nature and interactions of matter.
Organic chemistry looks at the substances that contain the element carbon, which is an element that is found in all life forms and inorganic chemistry loosely speaking, covers the study of everything else that organic chemistry does not.
Down below is a description of the major branches of chemistry in PDF format. Just click on the button when you are ready and the file will open for your easy viewing. You might just get some great ideas for chemistry science fair projects so make sure you have a pen and some paper handy so you can get down all those great ideas.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Science Fair chemistry category covers several different branches of chemistry. If your science fair is one that is affiliated with the Intel science fair, it is highly likely that the science fair categories from which you can develop chemistry science fair projects have drawn form it.
The chemistry science fair category covers the study of matter with an emphasis placed on the study of atomic and molecular systems. Of particular interest is the study of the way in which matter is made up, that is its composition and structure.
The properties and chemical reactions of matter are also investigated.
Analytical Chemistry: This is the branch of chemistry and science fair category that deals with the identification and analysis of various chemical compounds. It is the science and art of determining what it is that various materials are made up of in terms of the elements and compounds that are found in them.
Organic Chemistry: This science fair category and branch of chemistry covers the study of substances containing carbon, an element that is found in all living things. It also covers the study of the derivatives of carbon such as carbon compounds with the exception being the carbonates, oxides and sulphides of carbon.
Inorganic Chemistry: Generally, this branch of chemistry and science fair category covers everything that is not examined by organic chemistry. It involves the study of all matter that do not contain the element carbon and also looks into the study of the preparation of the compounds of various elements with the exception of carbon where only its oxides and sulphides are covered.
Physical Chemistry: This branch of chemistry covers the study of various laws, rules and principles on which chemical reactions are based. It also covers the study of the various instruments and methods of measurement that are used in chemistry.
After exploring the different and interesting branches of chemistry, you will have few problems generating ideas for chemistry science fair projects. You might also be interested in exploring biochemistry science project topics categories, in which case you will come across a great description here.
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