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Daily Kos: Fixed Nitrogen - The Haber Process

Daily Kos: Fixed Nitrogen - The Haber Process | Chemistry: A primer to your first chemistry course! | Scoop.it
It was over a hundred years ago that Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote his Princess of Mars, a romantic vision of a dying planet with million year old cities on the shores of long dry seas. The world, ...
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 And excellent story regarding how a single chemist is responsible for allowing roughly half of the world's population to be fed. Haber developed a method to fix nitrogen from the air, allowing fertilizer to made cheap and plentiful.  About 60% of the nitrogen in your body is from the actions of this man!

 

 

He is a nobel prize winner and a war criminal, he has allowed over 3 billion people to live but also killed hundreds of thousands.  All with chemistry.

 

 

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Chemistry is Awesome!: The Stomach: Acid-Base Chemistry

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 Chemistry is Awesome! Not only a great title for a blog but some great stories! There are many stories, but one of the most interesting of them is this. 

 

 

In class you'll probably use HCl (hydrochloric acid), but as this article says you have already been using HCl for your entire life!  Read on!

 

 

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Facts About Dihydrogen Monoxide

Facts About Dihydrogen Monoxide | Chemistry: A primer to your first chemistry course! | Scoop.it
Dihydrogen Monoxide
Research Division provides an international
clearinghouse for information on Dihydrogen Monoxide
including current research results, governmental
regulations, and exposure and contamination alerts.
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Are you afraid of Dihydrogen Monoxide? Should you be?  By the end of the course you will be able to revisit this site and laugh!

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Extreme Boating

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 How can chemistry relate to boating?  What would it be like to row a rowboat on mercury? Galluim? Bromine?

 

 

It turns out that sometimes the boat explodes, and sometimes the boat works fine!  Different densities and chemical reactivities drastically alter how a boating experience would go.  Read so if you ever find yourself in a sea of liquid tungsten you will know what to do!

 

 

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Kitchen Science:Chemistry Experiments - The Naked Scientists

Kitchen Science:Chemistry Experiments - The Naked Scientists | Chemistry: A primer to your first chemistry course! | Scoop.it
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 Lots of cool experiments you can do at home with stuff lying around you house!  Blow out candles behind bottles, make a fireproof balloon, put out a candle without blowing, and many more!

 

 

If you find a good one let me know and we can do it!

 

 

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1307.4125.pdf

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 This is probably one of the most complicated things you have seen, and I don't expect you to understand it (yet!).  But this is a real journal article published by scientists last July!

 

 

The important thing to note about this is just the general structure.  I suggest you goto (http://arxiv.org/list/physics.chem-ph/recent) and just poke around.  Notice the tables, graphs, and most importantly the words they use and how they talk.  These articles are very formal, and it is a good idea to start noticing the words scientists use.

 

 

 Don't worry about understanding it! It takes a few hours for me to comprehend journal articles!

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A Brief History of Alchemy

A Brief History of Alchemy | Chemistry: A primer to your first chemistry course! | Scoop.it
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 Before we called it 'Chemistry' there was a whole other way to study the elements (of course they did not know they were elements).  For thousands of years people have been attempting to figure out the world.  Alchemy is a fascinating topic and you can learn where chemistry comes from and what the ancient people did!

 

 

Also check out http://www.levity.com/alchemy/ if you would like, it is a much older site however.

 

 

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Build an Atom

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Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Then play a game to test your ideas!
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 Find out what an atom is! Build your own in this simulation.  There are lots of different simulations on this site, but this page allows you to build an atom from the ground up.  

 

 

Put neutrons and protons together to build a nucleus, and add electrons to make your own element!

 

 

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Microscope Sees Molecules for First Time

Microscope Sees Molecules for First Time | Chemistry: A primer to your first chemistry course! | Scoop.it
Imagine trying to read braille printed on wet tissue paper. That’s what it’s been like trying to take a picture of a molecule.
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Ever wonder what a real molecule looks like? Back in 2009 people finally took a picture of a real molecule!  Using an electron microscope scientists can show you what pentacene molecules look like!

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Periodic Table of Videos

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Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table. And we upload new videos every week about science news, int...
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 There are so many reactions here! There are almost 500 reactions to watch.  Take a look around and watch the reactions and listen to the great explanations by The Professor.  

 

 

Every video is great!

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Chemical Concepts

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This is a very complicated website, so it may be a little intimidating.  However this is a site I used while taking my undergraduate courses at Purdue, and it is very informative website with great information.  If you ever need help with just about any topic, this is a great resource.

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