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How Chemical Reactivity Regulates the World in Which We Live
Throughout the course, you have gained a deeper understanding of chemicals and their fundamental properties. Chemicals have the ability to react when they are exposed to other chemicals or even certain physical conditions. Chemical reactivity can vary widely, but it plays a crucial role in the production of many of the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and material products we use on a daily basis.
In this assignment, you will come up with a scientific topic or question around a chemical reaction that takes place in our lives. Below are some examples of topics you can investigate, or you can come up with your own topic or question.
Chemistry of bee stings
Chemistry of sunscreen
Chemistry of poison ivy
How moisture-wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry
Chemistry of climate change
Chemistry of smog
Once you have identified your scientific topic or question, you will conduct some research to become the expert on your selected topic or question. Now, imagine that, as the expert, you are working within the field related to your selected topic or question and are presenting information on your topic to a group of interested stakeholders. For example, if you selected the chemistry of bee stings, you may choose to be a beekeeper who is presenting this information to farmers. If you selected the chemistry of climate change, you may choose to be a climate scientist who is presenting the information to fellow scientists
Now that you are the expert, you will create a PowerPoint presentation and talking points that address the following questions. Use a minimum of three references to provide factual support. Remember that your presentation should be tailored to the stakeholders you are presenting to.
What topic or question did you choose to research?
Why did you select this topic or question?
What is the field you are working within, and who are the stakeholders you will present to?
What is the importance of this topic or question to you and to society?
What are the most important chemicals related to your topic or question? Include a minimum of three chemicals. Include the chemical formula of each chemical, molecular weight, constituent elements, type of bonding, and polarity.
What are two key chemical reactions involved with your topic or question? Provide the molecular equations for these reactions.
What are some of the key environmental or societal impacts related to the chemicals involved in your topic or question? List at least two environmental or societal impacts.
How does your topic or question relate to the concepts you have covered in the SC180 General Chemistry I course? Provide at least two examples.
What is one key point that individuals should know or understand about your topic or question? Explain your reasoning.