Content in a Nutshell
"What in the world isn't chemistry?" We often read or view statements leading the average person to believe that all chemicals are dangerous, that they should be avoided, and that "natural" substances are preferable to "chemicals." But every natural thing is made of chemicals: the food we eat, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and even our own bodies.
In this module, students will study some of the foods they eat and investigate how to use and buy the products they consume. Although no new concepts are introduced, many fundamental chemical concepts such as oxidation-reduction, acids and bases, and biochemistry are reinforced by the subject matter in this chapter. Students will see that chemicals are part of their daily nutrition and learn that "natural" products such as milk yield to analysis just like chemicals from the stockroom.
Place in the Curriculum
This module may be used at all levels of study. Some parts assume knowledge of fundamental concepts.
After completing their study of food and chemistry, students should be able to:
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