What is chemistry?

Chemistry is involved in everything we do.

You might think of chemistry only in the context of lab tests, food additives or dangerous substances, but the field of chemistry involves everything around us.

“Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involve chemistry and chemicals (matter),” according to the American Chemical Society(opens in new tab) (ACS), a non-profit science organization for the advancement of chemistry, chartered by the U.S. Congress. “And hearing, seeing, tasting, and touching all involve intricate chemical reactions and interactions in your body.”

So, even if you don’t work as a chemist, you’re doing chemistry or something that involves chemistry, with pretty much everything you do. In everyday life, you do chemistry when you cook, use cleaning detergents to wipe off your counter, take medicine, or dilute concentrated juice so that the taste isn’t as intense.

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