Chemical reactions part two: Rusty nuts, bolts, and vehicles in the Midwest

We wrote about rusty cookware not too long ago. What about rusty cars, trucks, or motorcycles that live in the Midwest. The Midwest, especially in Illinois, is called the rust belt. It is not uncommon for vehicles under 10 years old to show signs of rust. Why? During an Illinois winter, icy roads usually have […]

Basic Chemistry Questions: Let’s Get the Brain Stewing

Here are a series of chemistry nomenclature questions, along with questions about pressures, gas laws, and a little history about Charles, Dalton, Graham, and Boyle. Answers are at the bottom. 1. What are positive ions called? 2. What are negative ions called? 3. What are two types of bonds that hold compounds together? 4. Compounds […]

Household chemicals which don’t go together

The home is a family’s symbolic shelter that keeps every member safe from elements and intruders. Yet, it may also house innocent-looking household chemicals that may not be so safe, after all. These things don’t mix 1. Different brands As a general rule, don’t mix different brands of the same type of products. Not because […]

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Kitchens are chemistry laboratories in disguise; but did you know that? When you prepare food, you use ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, fructose, sodium chloride, lactic acid, sulphur dioxide, and other chemical names, but which we know ordinarily in their kitchen names like baking soda, sugar, or salt. Unknowingly, chemical processes take place in your […]

Chemistry used in an EMT’s job

Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, are the first medical responders to various crisis situations. These are but a few of the emergency situations that EMTs are called to respond to – wounds and injuries of various causes, poisoning, childbirth, heart attacks, burns, animal bites and attacks, suicides and many more. An EMT has at least […]