The Importance of Chemistry in Daily Life

The simple fact is that chemistry plays an important role in every person’s daily activities from the moment we’re born. So whatroledoeschemistry really
play in everyday life? Well, this involvement usually begins first thing each
morning. Most people wake up to an alarm or radio. These common household items
contain batteries, which make them very chemically dependent. These batteries
contain positive and negative electrodes. The positive electrode consists of a
carbon rod surrounded by a mixture of carbon and manganese dioxide. The negative
electrode is made of zinc. Chemistry plays an important role in the discovery
and understanding of materials contained in these and many other common
household items. Things like household cleaners and water
purification systems are vitally dependent on chemistry. Without chemistry
something as simple as scrubbing a toilet without fear of severe burns or small
explosions might not be possible.
Next, though it isn’t widely known,
chemistry is also heavily involved with the manufacturing of things such as
makeup and soap. Each time you bathe you are witnessing chemistry at work.
Chemicals such as cetyl alcohol and propylene glycol are typical ingredients in
the soap used to wash your hair and skin. Without chemistry, these materials (or
combinations of these materials) might be hazardous or might not exist. The
chemical coloring agents used in makeup and nail polish would not be possible
without an understanding of the chemicals involved.
Almost anything you do
during the course of a normal day involves chemistry in some way. The gas and
tires in cars we drive, the makeup we put on our faces, the soaps and cleaners
used everyday, burning wood or other fossil fuels, chemistry is all around you
each and every day. The associations are practically limitless. So, as you go
about your daily activities, remember to thank chemistry. As my teacher always
says, remember, “CHEMISTRY IS LIFE!”

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