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LIVING A LIFE OF CHEMISTRY

ASANTEWAA BEATRICE
ASANTEWAA BEATRICE

‌‌when we talk about chemistry our minds go on to the definitions of elements, ions, atoms, molecules, and compounds. Forgetting our activities of daily living exudes the basis of chemistry. There is more to chemistry rather than just being in the laboratory. Chemistry occurs all around us but we don't notice them. For example, chemical reactions such as temperature changes, combustion, colour changes, cooking, onion cutting discharging tears, water forming ice, digestion to mention a few are all chemistry we don't notice. Today's article discloses the chemistry behind the everyday life we are not conscientize of.

BASIC DEFINITION OF CHEMISTRY AND ITS BRANCHES.

‌‌Chemistry is an aspect of science that deals with the study of the properties and behaviour of chemical and physical compounds. Chemistry has been categorized into analytical, biological, physical, Inorganic, and organic chemistry. To explain,

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‌‌ORGANIC CHEMISTRY:

‌‌Organic chemistry is the study of the composition,  structure, properties, and reactions of carbon-containing compounds. Several different substances are somewhat composed of organic compounds. They’re important to financial upswing and are foundational to the fields of biochemistry, biotechnology, and medicine. Instances, where you can uncover organic compounds entail agrichemicals, makeups, detergent, dyes, diet, energy, and pharmaceuticals, that is to mention a little.‌‌Most importantly, organic chemistry has been enlarged to include human-made materials such as plastics.

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INORGANIC CHEMISTRY:

‌‌inorganic chemistry is the study of non-carbon-containing compounds.  They comprise metals, organometallic compounds, and minerals. However, there can be an extension between both Organic and inorganic chemistry. For example, organometallic solutions mostly include a metal or metalloid attached directly to carbon and also how these materials can be amended separately for use.

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY:

‌‌This is the study of how matter functions on a molecular and atomic level and how chemical reactions occur.

BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY( BIOCHEMISTRY):

‌‌Biochemistry is a field that deals with the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY:

‌‌Analytical chemistry is the science of obtaining, processing, and transmitting data about the configuration and structure of matter.‌‌Although there are more to the branches of chemistry this is where our topic of study maximizes us. The following are daily activities that illustrate chemistry in our life.

THE CHEMISTRY WE DON'T NOTICE AT HOME.

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‌‌1 EYE TEARING AS A RESULT OF ONION CUTTING.

‌‌You've perhaps suffered the burning and tearing from stenches that chopping an onion generates but we don't know that is chemistry. Let clarify why that action is chemistry. Onions are made up of cells that burst into the atmosphere when you sliced or cut them. During the process of cutting, an enzyme known as alliinase is discharged from the broken cells, turning the amino acid allin( amino acid present in the onion) into a substance called allicin. Allicin is released to mix with the sulfenic acids to produce propanediol S-oxide- a volatile sulfur gas that moves through the air and into the eyes. The gas reacts with the tears In the eyes to form sulfuric acid that burns and stimulates the eyes to discharge more tears to wash away the irritant and we start up to cry.

COOKING:

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‌‌Cooking causes chemical changes in food by the use of heat. For instance, hydrogen sulfide is produced by heating. When boiling an egg, the egg white reacts with iron from the egg yolk to form a greyish circle around the yolk and the flavour of the egg. This process is daily chemistry we experiment unknowingly.

THE USE OF DETERGENT AND SOAP FOR CLEANING:

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‌‌Soaps and detergents can clean due to chemical reactions. oily stains attach to the soap so they can be lifted away with water. In other words, soap emulsifies dirt. Also, detergents act as surfactants, reducing the surface tension of water so it can interact with oils, separate them, and wash them out.

DIGESTION:

‌‌A lot of chemical reactions take place during digestion. As soon as food enters your mouth, an enzyme in your saliva called amylase starts to break down sugars and other carbohydrates into simpler forms the body can assimilate. Hydrochloric acid in your stomach reacts with food to further break it down, while the enzymes split proteins and fats to immersed into your bloodstream through the walls of the intestines.  And these reactions are chemistry.

LIGHTING FIRE

‌‌Anytime you strike matches, burn a candle, or light a fire, a combustion reaction occurs. Combustion melts energetic molecules with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and water which prevails in chemistry.

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Formation of verdigris on copper source pans.

‌‌Over time, iron develops a red, brittle coating called rust. This is an example of an oxidation reaction in chemistry. Additional everyday examples include tarnishing silver.

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PROLONG EXERCISES.

‌‌Anaerobic respiration is a lot of chemical reactions in that cells attain energy from complex molecules without oxygen. Our muscle cells execute anaerobic respiration whenever you drain the oxygen being delivered to them during intense or prolonged exercise.

BREAD AND WINEMAKING.

‌‌Again, anaerobic respiration by yeast and bacteria is confined for fermentation to produce ethanol, carbon dioxide, and other chemicals that are used to make cheese, wine, beer, yoghurt, bread, and many other products.

COMBINATION OF ACIDIC-BASE INGREDIENTS.

‌‌Whenever you combine an acid such as vinegar, lemon juice, with a base like baking soda. You perform an acid-base reaction. These reactions neutralize the acid and base to yield salt and water which falls under chemistry.‌‌Also under the combination of acid-base ingredients. A reaction called metathesis is formed from food ingredients. However, metathesis is a chemical reaction in which distinct kinds of molecules swap parts to form other kinds of molecules. For example, If you combine milk with baking powder in a recipe, you experience a metathesis reaction and others. The ingredients recombine to produce carbon dioxide gas and water. The carbon dioxide forms bubbles and helps baked goods rise.

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THE USE OF ANY  OF BATTERY AT HOME.

‌‌Batteries use electrochemical or redox reactions to convert chemical energy into electrical energy. Natural redox reactions occur in charged cells, while nonspontaneous chemical reactions take place in electrolytic cells which falls under chemistry.‌‌In conclusion, chemistry is a way of life. unlike our culture, we don't notice them. The preparation of the foods we eat and how they digest all happens as a result of chemical reactions.

REFERENCE

"Chemistry in Everyday Life"  Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/chemistry-in-everyday-life-4133585

"Chemistry In Everyday Life - Importance, Examples, Uses" Retrieved from https://byjus.com/jee/chemistry-in-everyday-life/

ASANTEWAA BEATRICE

I am an artless lady who seeks to improve the health care of children in deprived areas with little knowledge l have. I love to write, motivate, and inspire people with academic challenges.