Interesting Facts of Chemistry Which You Probably Didn't Know
Chemistry is all around us, from the food we eat to the air we breathe. Everything we do has a chemical reaction associated with it. But most people turn a blind eye to the sheer awe that happens in the world around us. With the unmitigated amount of things happening around, it is quite easy to miss out on these things. On that note, let us look at a few of the many facts and stats that happen around us that can be explained with chemistry.
- Water and its forms are used by on a daily basis. But there are some properties of water which most people are unaware of, like, how water expands as it freezes. Unlike most substances which do not change in volume when freezing, water expands. Ice expands by a volume of around 9 % more than the water used to make it.
- We all have heard of the explosive capabilities of dynamite. But I’d bet most people don't know one odd ingredient used to make it. Nitroglycerin, the explosive liquid used to make dynamite is made from glycerol. This glycerol is made by processed peanut oil. Yes, peanuts are an ingredient of dynamite.
- We all know how adding a volume of a certain substance to a glass of water will increase the water level. But that's not the case with salt and water. Adding sodium chloride to water will lower the water level than actually increasing it.
- What is the chemical name of water? Most would say H2O. But isn't that its chemical formula? The actual chemical name of water is Dihydrogen Monoxide.
- We know most metals in the solid state except a few exceptional cases like mercury. The closest one to mercury is gallium. Gallium is known as the metal that melts in your hands. With a melting point of 29.76 °C, it has the second lowest of the known metals.
- We’ve all been stung by one or the other insect during our lives. We’ve also had friends and family suggesting the same home remedy for them all, owing to no relief to the pain. But if we understood what the sting does to us, we can treat it better. An example is how bee stings are acidic while wasp stings are alkaline.
- We all have a picture of mars in our minds. A reddish small planet 4th in our solar system. Well, the reddish nature of the plant is due to the rust on the surface of the planet. That is iron oxide and it occurs due to the amount of iron oxide spread across its surface which gives it a distinctive red appearance among the other planets in our solar system.
Thus, here we have discussed a few of the many concepts of chemistry which most people have no idea of. Thus, the more we learn and understand how it works, the more we will appreciate it. To know more fun facts, tips and tricks check out this YouTube channel to learn more - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZj79r2unC8&t=110s
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