Chemistry Connections The Chemical Basis of Everyday Phenomena

ISBN-10: 0124001513
ISBN-13: 9780124001510
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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List price: $61.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 3/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This collection of contemporary examples of chemistry in action highlights the fundamental role of chemical principles in governing everyday experiences. It is presented in a question-and-answer format of topical subjects.

Dr. Kerry K. Karukstis is Professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1977 from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1981from Duke University. Prior to her arrival at Harvey Mudd College in 1984, she was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Chemical Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests involve applications of absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy to surfactant assemblies (micelles, reverse micelles, vesicles, liposomes) and host-guest systems (cyclodextrins, dendrimers). She is co-author with Gerald R. Van Hecke of A Student's Guide to Lasers in Chemistry, a monograph for undergraduates on applications of lasers in chemistry. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Photobiology, the Biophysical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research, Phi Beta Kappa, and Society of the Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society. She is also currently a Councilor for the Chemistry Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Her curricular initiatives have focused on two areas: introducing undergraduate applications of lasers in chemistry and incorporating biophysical applications and experiments in physical chemistry courses andlaboratories.

Preface
Conventions
Connections to Atomic Properties
Why Do Iodine and Barium Enhance CAT Scans?
Why Does a Kitchen Gas Burner Glow Yellow When a Pot of Boiling Water Overflows?
Connections to Gases
What Causes an Egg to Crack if It's Boiled Too Rapidly?
When a Flambe Is Prepared, Why Is the Liqueur Heated Prior to Lighting the Flame?
How Do Correction Fluids like Liquid Paper and White-Out Work?
Why Do Cosmetic Cold Creams Feel Cool When Applied to the Skin?
Connections to Solutions
Why Do Carbonated Drinks Go Flat as They Warm?
Why Do Crystals Form in Wine over Time?
What Makes a Lava Lamp Work?
How Is the Toxicity of Barium Sulfate Controlled for X-Rays?
Why Is Milk of Magnesia an Antacid?
Why Are Ice Cubes Cloudy on the Inside?
Why Are Metal or Glass Bowls Best for Whipping Egg Whites?
How Do Fog Machines Create the Artificial Fog or Smoke Used in Theatrical Productions?
Why Are Opals and Pearls Iridescent?
Connections to Solids
Why Does Morton Salt Claim "When It Rains It Pours"?
What Are "Desiccants" and Why Are They in Packaged Products?
Why Is the Hope Diamond Blue?
Connections to Chemical Reaction Types
Why Is There Abundant White Smoke from the Space Shuttle Booster Rockets on Lift-Off?
Why Do Homemade Copper Cleaners Use Vinegar?
Why Is "Fighting" Magnesium Fires with Water or CO[subscript 2] Dangerous?
Why Is Hydrogen Peroxide Kept in Dark Plastic Bottles?
Why Does a Flashbulb Develop a White Coating after a Flash?
Why Did Dorothy Have to Oil the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz?
What Puts the "Blue" in "Blue Jeans"?
How Is Lime Used to Mitigate the Acid Rain Problem?
Why Are Bombardier Beetles Known as "Fire-Breathing Dragons"?
Why Do Seashells Vary in Color?
Why Is Vinegar Recommended for Cleaning Automatic Coffee Makers and Steam Irons?
Why Does Soap Scum Form? Why Are Phosphates in Detergents?
Why Do Old Paintings Discolor?
How Do Hair Coloring Products "Remove" Gray in Hair?
What Is the Source of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs (and Ham)?
How Does Washing Soda Soften Hard Water?
Why Does Baking Soda Extinguish a Fire?
What Is the Origin of the Expression "in the Limelight"?
What Causes Puff Pastry to Expand?
Why Does Chlorine in Swimming Pools Work Best at Night?
Connections to Acids and Bases
What Does pH Stand For?
Why Does Disappearing Ink Disappear?
How Are Light Bulbs Frosted?
Connections to Intermolecular Forces
Why Are General Anesthetics Administered as Gases?
Why Won't Water Relieve the Burning Sensation of Chili Peppers?
Why Are Bubbles in a Carbonated Drink Spherical?
How Do Furniture Polishes Repel Dust?
How Do Windshield Coatings Improve Visibility in a Rainstorm?
How Is a Fabric Made Water-Repellent or Waterproof?
How Does a Bullet-Proof Vest Work? How Is It Made?
Why Is Cotton so Absorbent and Why Does It Dry So Slowly?
What Makes a No-Tears Shampoo?
How Does Milk Froth for Cappuccino Coffee?
Why Is Sickle Cell Anemia a "Molecular Disease"?
Connections to Phases and Phase Transitions
What Do Meteorologists Use to "Seed" Clouds?
Why Do Citrus Growers Spray Their Trees with Water to Protect Them from a Freeze?
What Is the Dark Spot Left on the Inside of a Light Bulb When it Burns Out?
What are the Red or Silver Liquids in Thermometers?
What Nineteenth-Century "Disease" Destroyed Cathedral Organ Pipes?
Connections to Equilibria
What Causes the Fizz When an Antacid Is Added to Water?
What Is an Antidote for Cyanide Poisoning?
Why Is EDTA Added to Salad Dressings?
Why Do Hydrangeas Vary in Color When Grown in Dry versus Wet Regions?
Why Are Floor Waxes Removable with Ammonia Cleansers?
How Do Drano and Liquid-Plumr Unclog Drains?
Connections to Thermodynamics
Why Do CAT Scans Often Cause a "Warm Flush" Sensation?
What Provides the Insulating Qualities in Double- and Triple-Pane Windows?
How Does a Snow-Making Machine Work?
Why Does a Plaster Cast Warm as the Cast Hardens?
What Causes an Instant Ice-Pack to Cool?
Connections to Kinetics
Why Do Some Batteries Last Longer When Stored in a Refrigerator?
Connections to Light
Why Do Lightsticks Glow?
Why Is an Astronaut's Visor So Reflective?
Why Is the Aurora Borealis So Colorful?
What Causes the Pearlescent Appearance of Some Paints?
Why Is It Incorrect to Call U.S. Bills "Paper Currency"?
What Is the Purpose of the Thread That Runs Vertically through the Clear Field on the Face Side of U.S. Currency?
Why Do U.S. Bills Shift in Color When Viewed from Different Angles?
What Is an Optical Brightener?
What Is the Difference between a Sunscreen and a Sunblock?
Connections to Organic Chemistry
How Do Sutures Dissolve?
How Do You Deodorize Skunk Spray on Your Dog?
How Do Forensic Chemists Use Visible Stains to Trap Thieves?
Why Is White Willow Bark Known as "Nature's Aspirin"?
Why Does Balsamic Vinegar Have a Sweet Taste?
How Do "Sniffing Dogs" Detect Narcotics or Explosives?
Why Should You Avoid Acidic Foods When Taking Penicillin?
Why Do We Detect Odor in an "Odorless Gas" Leak?
Why Must Ammonia Cleansers Never Be Mixed with Bleach?
What Is "Alpha Hydroxy Acid" in Antiaging Creams?
What Is an "Alcohol-Free" Cosmetic?
What Is the "Cool Sensation" in Toothpaste and Breath Fresheners?
When We Buy Fresh Fish, Why Does Its Smell Indicate Its Freshness?
Are Flamingos Naturally Pink?
What Causes Ice Cream to Develop a Gritty Texture during Long Periods of Storage?
Why Is Some Olive Oil Designated as "Extra Virgin"?
How Can Sucralose, an Artificial Sweetener Made from Sugar, Contain No Calories?
Connections to Polymers
How Does a Timed-Release Medicine Work?
How Does "Scratch & Sniff" and Carbonless Copy Paper Work?
How Do "Repositional Self-Adhesive Paper Notepad Sheets" (Post-it Notes) Work?
What Is "Shatterproof" Glass?
Why Does Superglue Stick to Almost Every Surface?
What Is the Difference between Hard and Soft Contact Lenses?
Connections to Materials
What Is the Composition of an Artificial Hip?
What Is Liquidmetal (in Liquidmetal Golf Clubs)?
How Does an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Head Operate?
Connections to Biochemistry
Connections to the Environment
Index

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