1. INTRODUCTION -
What is chemistry?
hemistry is the study of matter and the interactions
among different types of matter. Matter is anything that has
mass and occupies space. The first step in learning more
about chemistry is to read as much as you can on your areas of
interest. The book "Chemistry - The Easy Way" is an example of a "very
low cost - almost free" guide to get you started. However, you can study
chemistry at this web site totally free. You do not have to purchase
anything. Use the menu chart above and start by studying ATOMS, and
ELEMENTS. Then take a look at BASIC CHEMISTRY and follow it as an
outline for studying the other subjects in the top menu table above. Go
through all the topics in the menu table above, one at a time. Above all
make it fun and interesting for yourself. Take your time, don't rush.
Chemistry has four major areas of interest and many sub-specialties.
1. Organic Chemistry - The study of the element carbon and its
compounds including living matter.
2. Inorganic chemistry - The study of all other elements of non-living
3. Analytical chemistry - The study of “What is it?" or qualitative
chemistry and "How much is there?" Which is quantitative chemistry.
Analytical chemistry is the analysis of compounds.
4. Physical Chemistry - The quantitative aspects of the physical
properties of substances and their relationship to chemical structure
- - - - A few sub-specialties in chemistry are:
Biochemistry - The study of biologically active substances.
Polymer chemistry - The chemistry of long chained molecules.
Solid state chemistry - The behavior of solids.
Organometallic chemistry - The chemistry of compounds in which a
metal is bonded in an organic compound.
o Liquid Crystal Chemistry
o Medicinal Chemistry
o Polymer Chemistry
o Materials Chemistry
o Physical Chemistry
o Industrial and Applied Chemistry
o Separation Science and Chromatography
o Surface and Colloid Science
o Interfacial Chemistry
o Fuels And Petrochemicals
o Natural Product Chemistry
And so forth . . . . .
It all starts with the concept of an "atom" so let’s find out more about
what an atom might be, how it behaves, and what it is really made of:
Then get familiar with many different types of atoms and the periodic chart of atoms:
More on groups of atoms:
Printable Periodic Tables
Next are two periodic tables you can download and print. These are excellent tables courtesy of
www.Vertex42.com. Please visit their web site for more information.
Periodic Table (Color) (.PDF) Periodic Table (Black/White) (.PDF)