Why Take Chemistry, Anyway?


         Head back to the helpdesk

         Find more tutorials

         Try some practice worksheets


One question I get a lot from students is "Why do we have to take chemistry? What's it good for in the real world?" Actually, that's two questions, but I'll answer them anyway.

Chemistry is used in everything we do in modern society. The aspirin (or acetominophen, or ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium, or ketoprofen, etc.) you take when you have a headache was manufactured by chemists working for pharmaceutical companies. The gasoline you use to operate your car was formulated by petroleum chemists to give it the best possible operating properties. If you have contact lenses, the plastics used to make the lens, as well as the solutions you use to clean them were developed by chemists. No matter where you go, there's chemistry! 

But the question remains: If you're not going to be a chemist, why do you need to know how this stuff works? Shouldn't you just be happy that it works at all?

Honestly, you don't really need to know the exact details of all the chemistry in your lives. Chances are that it would take you years to learn all the chemistry, and even then it wouldn't be all that handy to know. However, that's not my (or any other teacher's) goal in teaching you chemistry. I'm not trying to teach you everything - I'm just trying to give you enough of a background that you can understand some of the basics of what's going on around you. There are too many people trying to make money off the ignorance of people who haven't bothered to learn chemistry, and I don't want you to become one of them.

An example: There are pills you can buy which advertise that they contain "life-giving oxygen." This sounds wonderful! Let's go buy some. However, you need to realize at the same time that water also contains "life-giving oxygen." If you're trying to get healthy, I'll only charge you half as much for a glass of water as these other guys are charging you for the pills. If you don't know any better, you might get roped in by that scam.

I want you to learn chemistry because it helps you to realize what's good and what's garbage out in society. P.T. Barnum said that "There's a sucker born any minute." I don't want you to be that sucker. 

Comments, questions, or gripes? Email me at misterguch@chemfiesta.com

louis vuitton outlet louis vuitton outlet louis vuitton outlet legend blue 11s coach factory outlet cheap jordan shoes louis vuitton outlet legend blue 11s black infrared 6s legend blue 11s legend blue 11s Legend Blue 11s jordan 6 black infrared louis vuitton outlet lebron 12 Legend Blue 11s jordan 11 Legend Blue jordan 6 sport blue legend blue 11s black suede foamposites cheap jordans jordan retro 6 cheap louis vuitton Legend Blue 11s cheap jordan shoes Louis Vuitton Outlet legend blue 11s jordan retro 11 jordan 6 sport blue cheap jordan shoes louis vuitton outlet louis vuitton outlet foamposites black suede Legend Blue 11s Legend Blue 11s black infrared 6s retro jordans sport blue 6s foamposites black suede coach outlet online louis vuitton outlet louis vuitton outlet kate spade diper bag michael kors outlet Michael Kors Outlet kate spade outlet sport blue 3s Michael Kors Outlet michael kors outlet wolf grey 3s lululemon yoga pants Foamposites sport blue 6s sport blue 6s wolf grey 3s Michael Kors Outlet louis vuitton outlet jordan 3 wolf grey louis vuitton outlet michael kors outlet