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What is Chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of matter—its properties, compositions, structure, and interactions. Matter is anything that occupies physical space and has inertia (the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion). Literally everything you see consists of matter, and matter can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. Chemistry investigates the ways in which matter interacts, combines, and changes.
The neat thing about chemistry is that it can be applied to so many aspects of everyday life! The chemistry of foods, the chemistry of blood, and the chemistry of soap and laundry are three excellent examples of the chemistry that is all around us.
Five Branches of Chemistry
Chemistry has five accepted branches: organic, inorganic, biochemistry, analytical, and physical.
Organic chemistry is the scientific study of the structures, properties, composition, reactions, and synthesis of organic compounds that, by definition, contain carbon. All living things contain carbon, and carbon's molecular structure allows it to bond in many different ways and with many different elements.
Inorganic chemistry is the study of substances that do not contain carbon groups. It might help you to think of inorganics as nonliving compounds (e.g., salts, acids, bases); there are far fewer inorganic compounds than organic ones.
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes, or chemical characteristics, in living matter. Think of it as a shortened version of “biological chemistry.”
Analytical chemistry is all about identifying, measuring, and separating matter.
Physical chemistry is the study of how molecules combine and react with one another. Physical chemistry looks at these combinations and reactions through a 'laws of physics' lens. Like biochemistry, this branch of chemistry is a combination of disciplines.
Why Study Chemistry?
If chemistry intimidates you, like it does so many of us, remember this: it’s such an important part of our world! The scientist in the lab mixing smoky potions? He or she is doing work that might impact your food, clothing, electricity, fuel, healthcare, and communication tools. The old advertising slogan, “Better Living Through Chemistry,” was definitely onto something! By studying chemistry, you'll be able to understand supermarket labels, prep meals for maximum flavor, and avoid unsafe cleaning practices. Chemistry can also improve your reading, writing, and organizational skills.
Because of chemistry's value and profound impacts on our world, the demand for chemists is high! Along with ample opportunity and getting to play an influential role in society, other perks of becoming a chemist include getting paid well for your expertise, most likely getting to work as part of a research team towards a common goal, and having a blast while doing it! Plus, the opportunities for chemists are so diverse and far-reaching; you’ll find chemists working in biology, physics, geology, and environmental science.
Basically, chemistry is for everyone. Even without an interest in advanced study, you can conduct engaging, hands-on projects that demonstrate single important principles. Check out our Resource Center to find dozens of FREE chemistry projects and resources!