The Science of knowing about the structure, properties, and composition of matter is technically termed as chemistry. Studying about matter all through school, some people fail to see what they’ve learned about chemistry comes into play in the real world. With so many ways in which chemistry plays a role in our day to day life, having an understanding of what they are and how they are can only help us lead a better life. Let us look at a few real-life scenarios where chemistry has an explanation.
- Breathing: The exchange of gases between an environment and the organisms in that environment is termed as Breathing. Wherein, the chemical process of reacting oxygen with glucose or sugars to release energy is called respiration. In this process, we inhale oxygen through the nose inflating the lungs. While exhaling we release carbon dioxide into the environment.
The reaction that takes place during breathing is:
C6H12O6 + 6O2 ➜ 6CO2 + 6H2O + Energy
- Soaps and Detergents: With soaps and detergents having a micelle structure with hydrophobic and hydrophilic ends. The hydrophobic end sticks to dirt and hydrophilic end sticks to water. On washing the micelles, it takes away the dirt from surfaces such as the human skin, textiles, and other solids. This is the cleansing action of soaps and detergents.
- Water Filtration: One of the oldest methods of water purification is distillation. Initially, the water is heated to its boiling point. This hot and pure water vapor rises and is passed through tubes into a condenser which absorbs the heat and condenses the water vapor back to the liquid state which is pure water. There are several other methods for water filtration like ion exchange and the reverse osmosis and more.
- Cooking: Cooking is a chemical change that alters food to make it more palatable, kill dangerous microorganisms, and make it more digestible. The heat of cooking may denature proteins, caramelized sugars, promote chemical reactions between ingredients, etc.
- Falling in Love: 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: vasopressin, endorphins, and oxytocin.
Thus we have seen a few of the many things we do in our day to day lives which have an explanation on the grounds of chemistry. Hopefully, this has helped you create a better understanding about the world around you. If you would like to know more interesting facts or need help with any topic of chemistry like Equilibrium or the quantum mechanical model of an atom.
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