Ch 3: Chemistry in Daily Life and the Environment

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video and text lessons to review how chemistry fits into daily life and the environment. Examine industrial, medical and home uses of chemicals as well as the risks they pose to health and safety.

Chemistry in Daily Life and the Environment - Chapter Summary

By studying these video and text lessons, you can refresh your understanding of chemistry's role in daily life and in the environment. Our knowledgeable instructors cover chemical uses in industry and the home as well as risks posed by certain chemicals. You'll examine the effects of chemical processes on water, land and the atmosphere. The lessons also cover concerns about radioactive waste and water pollution. You may even learn something new about how health and environmental risks can be reduced or prevented. Once you've finished the chapter, you should be able to:

  • List industrial and household chemical safety issues
  • Describe impacts of chemical processes on the environment
  • Explain ways to prevent or reverse chemically-caused environmental damage
  • Recognize risks of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste
  • Distinguish among types of solid waste
  • Define green chemistry
  • Identify water pollution sources
  • Understand water treatment processes
  • Discuss medical and pharmacological uses of chemistry

Our instructors, texts and video lessons make reviewing this material an information-packed, engaging experience. The videos are brief and have tags you can use to re-watch excerpts. Each lesson includes a transcript which may contain links to related text lessons and a self-assessment quiz. Developed using a multiple-choice format, the quizzes offer a way to check your comprehension of major concepts.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Chemistry in Daily Life and the Environment
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Chemical Processes Affecting Aquatic & Terrestrial Environments

1. Chemical Processes Affecting Aquatic & Terrestrial Environments

In this lesson, we'll be learning about processes that release chemicals into aquatic and terrestrial systems. We'll cover eutrophication, groundwater contamination, water purification and fluoridation.

Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

2. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.

Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

3. Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

Waste comes in many different forms. This lesson explores municipal and non-municipal waste, the two main types of solid waste. We'll also delve into who creates waste and the amount of waste disposed of each year.

What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

4. What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

Green is not just a color, but also a way of doing things. In this lesson, we will explore the technique of green chemistry and how it applies to the waste management industry.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

5. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

6. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.

The Use of Chemistry in Pharmacology

7. The Use of Chemistry in Pharmacology

In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of pharmacology and drugs, as well as how chemistry plays an important part in healthcare based on how drugs interact with other drugs and the body.

How Medical Imaging Uses Chemistry

8. How Medical Imaging Uses Chemistry

In this lesson, you will learn about several types of medical imaging: ultrasound, MRI, and X-ray. You will also learn how chemistry is used in each type of medical imaging.

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