Do these cookies look delicious? Cooking and baking is one way that you may have experienced chemistry in your daily life. Baking powder and baking soda are both chemicals that undergo a reaction during the baking process to produce carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is responsible for the familiar “rising” of cookies and cakes. Of course, you know that it is very important to follow a recipe carefully in order to make the cookies turn out the way that you want. A chemist must also carefully follow specific procedures when he or she is attempting to synthesize new chemicals in the laboratory. While you read this book, you will learn about many different types of chemicals and chemical reactions. You will see how chemistry is a part of your life in many varied ways each and every day. This first chapter will introduce you to the basics of chemistry and the steps of the scientific method.
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