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Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby

Ozone is a gas that forms in the atmosphere when 3 atoms of oxygen are combined (03). It is not emitted directly into the air, but at ground level is created by a chemical reaction between oxides of ... Continue reading

The largest ozone hole ever recorded, roughly three times the size of the U.S., was detected September 6, 2000 by NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer.

What Is pH?

Anyone who is the least bit familiar with vinegar, nausea, sodium bicarbonate, and ammonia-based cleaning solutions probably has a very good 'feel' for the different natures of acidic and basic ... Continue reading

Litmus paper is used to measure pH.

The Melting Point

Physical properties of a material fall into two categories: intrinsic properties determined by the structure of the particular molecule, and bulk properties characteristic of quantities of molecules ... Continue reading

What is Oxidation?

The term 'oxidation' derives from the ancient observation of rust (oxide) formation. Early chemists could determine an increase in the weight of a metal as it apparently captured something from the ... Continue reading

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Atmospheric Chemistry:

  1. Knocking the NOx Out of Coal
  2. Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby
  3. SO2: What is it? Where does it come from?

Chemical Composition:

  1. Liquid Glass Is All Wet

Chemical Properties:

  1. Carbon Dating
  2. Oil Viscosity
  3. The Melting Point
  4. What Is A Mole?
  5. What is Oxidation?
  6. What Is pH?

Chemical Reactions:

  1. Catalysts
  2. Chemical Burning
  3. Exploding Fertilizer
  4. Fire Retardant Gels
  5. How Sublime
  6. It's Crying Time Again
  7. Luminol; Trick-or-Treat or Terrible Feat
  8. Spontaneous Combustion
  9. Warmer Hands (And Toes) Through Chemistry
  10. What Are Aerosols?
  11. What Give Batteries Their Charge?
  12. What Is Reduction?
  13. What Makes a Candle Burn?
  14. When Chlorine Met Sodium...
  15. Why Does Cement Set?
  16. Why Doesn't Glue Get Hard In The Plastic Bottle?

Elements and Compounds:

  1. Hydrogen - The Simplest Element
  2. Hydrogen Reaction Experiment Reaps a Surprise
  3. Ice That Burns
  4. Nitrogen Gas and Compounds
  5. Radioactive Radon
  6. Radon, A Rare Element
  7. Table Salt - It's All In The Ions
  8. Turning Oil Into Gas
  9. Uses Of Hydrocarbons
  10. What Are Isotopes?
  11. What Is A Half-life?
  12. What Is Acetone?
  13. What Is Arsenic?
  14. What Is The Periodic Table?

Food:

  1. Was Popeye Wrong?
  2. Why does popcorn pop?
  3. Your Nose Knows!

Medicine:

  1. Take Two And Call Me In The Morning