The teachers love it, but the students hate it: Chemistry. “But, hey, teacher bhi kabhi student thi…”
“A villain is a villain as long as he is misunderstood”, similarly, what if Chemistry isn’t as bad as we make it out to be? This probably happens because we only try to study it without understanding what the subject is all about–Hai hi kyu??.
If you’re that rare kid who believes chemistry isn’t that bad, read on. If you’re not—“fir bhi! padhe chalo, padhe chalo…”
1. Chemistry deals with everyday objects (or substances). It examines their structure, composition, properties, transformations and how much energy they release or absorb and how. It defines substances as elements and compounds.
2. Every natural or artificial thing is composed of one of the many elements (haan, voi, Helium, Lithium etc.) The elements are, in turn, composed of atoms, the building blocks of all that you can see, hear about or touch.
3. The atoms are themselves composed of other elementary particles. However, they are the smallest building blocks of EVERYTHING!
4. Chemistry is not concerned with the subatomic. It focuses on the properties of atoms, laws governing their combinations, and how the knowledge of this can be used to achieve whatever a Chemistry Guru is trying to find.
5. The ultimate aim of Chemistry is to explain why the physical world exists the way it does? It studies the appearance and properties of things, their interactions with each other and how different substances lead to the creation of more substances!
6. To explain permanence and change simultaneously is no easy task. Chemists have struggled in this area since ancient times. The atomic model (with atoms as the building blocks) and molecules as extended networks (of atoms) is the generally accepted model of permanence. The ability of atoms to seamlessly reorganise themselves to create new substances is the basis behind theories of change.
8. Scope of studying this subject also includes artificial substances by combining more than one natural substances. Cooking, fermenting are some such processes.
9. Modern chemistry has become advanced enough to study a single atom at a time. Thus, one can observe things as complex as our DNA! It contains more than a million atoms!
The subject has become so sophisticated that objects can be created while bearing characteristics the chemist wishes. Since 1965, more than 8,000,000 objects have been characterised and produced. This shows the progress the field has made in the last few decades. It is a field that seems daunting at first but is one of the most engaging fields to immerse oneself in.
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I am Rakshit Aswal, a recent graduate of English Hons. from University of Delhi. I like to play videogames and read books while on my pursuit to experience amazing stories.