Acids and Bases

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 124 pages
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Acids and bases are essential components of the natural world that play key roles in medicine and industry. They are used in the manufacturing of everyday items such as carbonated soft drinks, salad dressing, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, and fertilizers. But these compounds can also serve a dramatic function, such as in the sulfuric acid clouds of Venus and in grave wax, a basic substance in soil that mummifies animal and human bodies. The informative Acids and Bases takes a closer look at these fascinating, yet contrasting, substances, giving concrete, real-world examples with numerous colorful illustrations.

 

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Contents

The World of Acids and Bases
1
What are Acids and Bases?
13
Determining Acids and Bases
26
Acids and Bases in Chemistry
41
Acids and Bases in Industry
55
Acids and Bases in the Human Body
74
Acids and Bases in Nature
87
Periodic Table of the Elements
100
Table of Atomic Masses
104
Glossary
106
Bibliography
109
Further Reading
115
Photo Credits
117
Index
118
About the Author
124
Copyright

Electron Configurations
102

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About the author (2008)

A former high school teacher with a background in biochemistry and more than 10 years of experience in cytogenetic laboratories, Kristi Lew specializes in taking complex scientific information and making it fun and interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. She is the author of more than 20 science books for children and teachers.

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