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Chemistry in everyday life

Everyday Chemistry

Have you ever wondered why chemistry is so important? Why do we study chemistry? What is the role of chemistry in life?

We all are made of chemicals and everything around us is made of chemicals. Everything we hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involve chemistry and chemicals (matter). Hearing, seeing, tasting, and touching all involve intricate series of chemical reactions and interactions in our body. Many of the changes we observe in the world around are caused by chemical reactions. Chemistry is not limited to beakers and laboratories. It is all around us, and the better we know chemistry, the better we know our world. Chemistry is present in every aspect of life, and a few chemistry in daily life examples are-


1. Sky is Blue

An object is colored because of the light that it reflects. The white light from the sun contains all the wavelengths, but when it impacts on an object some of its wavelengths are absorbed and some reflected. The blue color of the sky can be explained considering phenomena named Rayleigh scattering that consists of the scattering of light by particles much smaller than its wavelength. This effect is especially strong when light passes through gases.

Why sky is blue


2. Ice Float on Water

Ice is less dense than liquid water. The heavier water displaces the lighter ice, so ice floats on top.

Ice floats on water


3. How Sunscreen Works?

Sunscreen combines organic and inorganic chemicals to filter the light from the sun so that less of it reaches the deeper layers of your skin. The reflective particles in sunscreen usually consist of zinc oxide or titanium oxide.

How sunscreen works


4. Meals are cooked faster in a Pressure Cooker

A pressure cooker has a more elaborated lid that seals the pot completely. When we heat water it boils and the steam cannot escape, so it remains inside and starts to build up the pressure. Under pressure, cooking temperatures raise much higher than under normal conditions, hence the food is cooked much faster. This signifies the role of chemistry in our daily life. 

Cooking in pressure cooker


5. Chemistry of Love

The role of chemistry is at the bottom of every step in a relationship. When we fall in love, our brain suffers some changes and also certain chemical compounds are released. Love is driven by these hormones: oxytocin, vasopressin, endorphins. 

chemistry of love


6. Coffee keeps us awake

Coffee keeps us awake because of the presence of a chemical called adenosine, in your brain. It binds to certain receptors and slows the nerve cell activity when sleep is signaled.

Coffee keeps us awake


7. Vegetable is colored

Many vegetables and fruits are strongly colored because they contain a special kind of chemical compound named carotenoids. These compounds have an area called chromophore, which absorbs and gives off particular wavelengths of light, generating the color that we then perceive. This is where the importance of chemistry can be revealed. 

 Vegetable is colored


8. How Soap Cleans?

Soap is formed by molecules with a ‘head’ which likes water (hydrophilic) and a long chain that hates it (hydrophobic). Then when soap is added to the water, the long hydrophobic chains of its molecules join the oil particles, while the hydrophilic heads go into the water. An emulsion of oil in water is then formed, this means that the oil particles become suspended in the water and are liberated from the cloth. With the rinsing, the emulsion is taken away. This enlightens everyday chemistry. 

How soap cleans


9. We cry while cutting onions

Onions make you cry due to the presence of sulfur in the cells which break after the onions are cut. This sulfur gets mixed with moisture and thus irritates your eyes.

crying while cutting onions

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