Chemistry for Engineering

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Chemistry for Engineering
2010-11-20 12:54:17

Chemistry for engineering at Texas A&M
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  1. Physical Properties
    Are variables that we can measure without changing the identy of the substance being observed.
  2. Density
    • Is a ratio of mass to volume, sometimes called mass density.
    • To determine density, both mass and volume must be measure.
    • Density is a physical property, physical property include color, viscosity, hardness and tempture.
  3. Accuracy
    • Indicates how close the observed value is to the "true" value.
    • Dartboard analagy
  4. Atoms
    Are unimaginably small particles that cannot be made any smaller and still behave like a chemical system.
  5. Macroscopic Perspective
    Things we can see with the naked eye
  6. Microscopic perspective
    Where we focus on the smallest components of a system. "Micro" Microscope.
  7. Symbolic Perspective
    The ability to communicate macroscopic and microscopic concepts efficiently
  8. What is the relation in Macroscopic, Microscopic and Symbolic perspectives?
    The ability to switch perspectives, to look at problems involving chemistry in several ways. The things we can seee about substances and their reactions provide the Macroscopic perspective. We need to interpret these events considering the Microscopic perspective, where we focus on the smallest components of the system. Finally, we need to be able to communicate these concepts efficiently, hence Symbolic.
  9. Chemical Properties
    • They are associated with the types of chemical changes that a substance undergoes.
    • i.e. some materials burn readily, whereas others do not.
  10. Burning in oxygen is a chemical reaction called?
  11. Malleability
    • Is a measure of a material's ability to be rolled or hammered into thin sheets.
    • FYI, Metals are valuable in part because of their malleability. (Same metal different shape)
  12. When we observe chemical reactions macroscopically, we encounter three common states, or phases, of matter, what are they?
    Solids, liquids, and gases.
  13. All matter comprises a limited number of "building blocks" called?
  14. Molecules
    Are groups of atoms held together so that they form a unit whose identity is distinguishable differnt from the atams alone.
  15. Precision
    • Is the spread in values obtained from the measurement.
    • A precise observatin has several measurements close in value.
    • Dart board analagy
  16. What is the difference between precision and accuracy?
    • Dart board illistration.
    • Darts spread all over the dart board is bad precision and bad accuracy.
    • Darts not on the bullseye is good precision but poor accuracy.
    • Darts on the bullseye and all together is good precision and good accuracy.
  17. Random error
    Random Error is fundamental to any measurement. Random error may make the measurement either too high or too low and is associated with the limitations of the equipment with which the measurement is made.
  18. Systematic error
    • Makes measurements consistently either too high or too low. This type of error is often associated with the existence of some unknown bias in the measurement apparatus.
    • i.e impurities in metals
  19. Inductive Reasoning
    Begins with a series of specific observations and attempts to generalize to a larger, more universal conclusion.

    We have asserted that all gases expand to occupy the full volumes of their containers. This universal conclusion was first drawn by the inductive reasoning based on observations of many different gasses under many different conditions.
  20. Deductive reasoning
    Takes two or more statements or assertions and combines them so that a clear and irrefutable conclusion can be drawn.

    "if A and B, then C"
  21. Model (Usually defined as)
    Usually, refers to a largely empirical description, such as the fact that gas pressure is proportional to temperature.
  22. Theory (usually defined as)
    Most often refers to an explanation that is grounded in some more fundamental principle or assumption about the behavior of a system.

    (as in relation to "model")

    In popular culture, saying that something is just a theory indicates uncertainty. In science, a theory has significant credibility gained by many observations that confirm its validity.
  23. A few theories become so sufficiently refined, well tested, and widely accepted that they come to be known as?
  24. SI is what?
    "Systeme International d'Unites or SI" carefully defined units are combines with a set of prefixes that designate powers of ten.