Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kimia dasar McMurry Fay

Life has changed more in the past two centuries than in all the previously recorded span of human
history. The earth’s population has increased more than fivefold since 1800, and life expectancy has nearly doubled because of our ability to synthesize medicines, control diseases, and increase crop yields. Methods of transportation have changed from horses and buggies to automobiles and airplanes because of our ability to harness the energy in petroleum. Many goods are now made of polymers and ceramics instead of wood and metal because of our ability to manufacture materials with properties unlike any found in nature. In one way or another, all these changes involve chemistry, the study of the composition, properties, and transformations of matter. Chemistry is deeply involved in both the changes that take place in nature and the profound social changes of the past two centuries. In addition, chemistry is central to the current revolution in molecular biology that is now exploring the details of how life is genetically controlled. No educated person today can understand the modern world without a basic knowledge of chemistry.
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