Why is Chemistry Important?

It's amazing! Everything, all forms of matter, everything you touch or breathe is made out of combinations of elements from the periodic table! The food you eat, the shampoo you use, the clothes you wear...EVERYTHING is made out of materials that come from mixtures of the elements on the periodic table.

In fact, humans are mostly comprised of only six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.  

Periodic Table

Chemistry is the branch of science that investigates matter. It is the identification of the substances that compose matter and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change

Chemists seek to understand and predict how compounds will interact and react. They also seek to understand these processes in order to form new substances.

There are several subdisciplines of chemistry. Some of them include analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

The following is from the ACS webiste College to Career page.

Technical Disciplines

Applied Areas of Chemistry

For additional descriptions of each of these disciplines and more, also visit the International Union of Applied Chemistry (be sure to scroll down):  https://iupac.org/

If you would like to view an interactive periodic table, click here.

Did you know? In 2016, IUPAC named four new elements of the periodic table!

Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element 113,
Moscovium and symbol Mc, for the element 115,
Tennessine and symbol Ts, for the element 117, and
Oganesson and symbol Og, for the element 118.


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