Along with biological sciences and physics, chemistry is one of the three main arms of science. It can be defined as the study of matter – what it’s composed of and its structure, its properties, and how it reacts and changes when exposed to different situations.
As it studies matter at its most basic level, there is much overlap between chemistry and other science subjects. Chemical processes and the composition of elements play a large part in the study of living organisms and matter’s relationship to forces.
The origins of the discipline lie in the ancient art of alchemy, the goal of which was to turn worthless material into gold.
Though this obviously didn’t work, it was based on the founding principle of chemistry: that matter is composed of building blocks which give it is essential properties, and if these building blocks are altered in some way – a change of temperature or the addition of another substance – then changes often occur.
Of course, our understanding of the topic is much better these days and goes down to a molecular level. But don’t think this means we know everything! In fact, our greater knowledge has simply stretched the boundaries of what’s possible…
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