December 31, 2008
Chemistry in the REAL world (I)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I want to do a mini series on how Chemistry and learning Chemistry can be learning about the world (not just medicine and environmental related issues) and about Islam. Often education is not taken seriously and is considered completely independent from the world we live in. So I will talk about bits of chemistry in different posts.
The moles of the reactants and the products are equal. Or as the cliche saying goes: a reaction causes an equal and opposing reaction. Slaves were not given an inch of power in the U.S. because slave owners were afraid it would be used against them. And guess what? They did. There are wars and people hating others around the world and just as there is hate, there are peace seeking people who love others who try to fight back.
Limiting reactants: Based on the smallest amount of reactant is how much of the product can be formed, even if there is excess of another reactant. So if we want to help improve the economic recession we are in, we need more: 1) money 2) human resources on managing money 3)redistributiong of money and that would create more stabalized economy. If you are in a lack of one of those three things, then the amount of the product (better economic condition) will be less than what it can be.
P1V1=P2V2. Pressure and volume are at an inverse proportion. Just like concentrated poverty in parts of Chicago, the more you decrease the living space for people (volume goes down) the more pressure there will be in living in less space. If you increase some of the living space, some of the pressure can go down.
There is a constant motif in chemistry of things revolving around other things. Electrons revolve around nucleus, planetary orbit around the sun, the moon orbits the earth, galaxies orbit around and energy center, blood goes around our heart (kind of) etc. Similarly, people ‘orbit’ the Kabah on umrah or hajj, our hearts ‘revolve’ around Allah, certain surahs in the Quran revolve around a theme both symbolically and literally. (Like, in grammatical and poetic style–although the Quran is NOT poetry.)
…These are all just hypothetical and I will continue to add to the list as I learn more about other branches of chemistry and more about Islam!
(Yes, Spiderman, this is my Chemistry side coming out on the blog.)