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The Chemistry of Things  

Research the chemical makeup of some of our most common, everday things.
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  • Chemistry of the Colors of Autumn
    The Quimica del Coisas presents a series of informative short videos on the chemical make-up of ordinary things. The videos are in Portuquese, but they also include English sub-titles. The entire script is also written in English below each video.
  • Chemistry is Life
    Montana high school chemistry teacher, Craig Beals, shares his students' projects showing how life is influenced by chemistry.


  • American Chemical Society
    The Secret Science of Stuff investigates the properties of gum, soda, flames, braces, ice cream, and glue. Review lessons and experiements from earlier grades to build on your prior knowledge.
  • Chemistry in Daily Life
    A list of ten questions about how things work provides links to detailed descriptions and explanations. Find topics such as baking soda, detergent, and onions.


  • Color
    Use this webpage to find information about paints and related topics. Explore links available on this page.
  • Plastics
    Learn about the chemical composition of platics, and use recycling codes to identify plastic types.
  • Wood
    Explore wood science to learn the chemical makeup of softwood.
  • Ceramics
    Read about the composition of bricks, toilets, and more. Links to glass, composites, and laminates follow.
  • Cosmetics
    The U. S. Food and Drug Administration lists ingredients in make-up, soaps, and hair products.
  • Food
    Another FDA resource on the kinds of things we find in food: additives, flavorings, supplements, nutrients. etc.
  • Clothing
    What we wear is made up of different fibers, and this page explains the difference between natural and synthetic material.

The Elements

  • Periodic Talbe
    This interactive site links each element's symbol with basic information about each element.

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