Chemical Reactions Are Basis of Our Life Essay

671 Words Jan 23rd, 2011 3 Pages
Chemical reactions are the basis of life on earth. As human beings, we are little more than the naturally abundant elements of which we are composed and the reactions between the compounds that they form. After all, how could life exist without water? Oxygen transport in a body the size of the human body would be impossible without the aid of a complex like hemoglobin. Besides being the basis of many of life's intangibles, chemistry also plays an active role in our daily lives.

Take for instance everyday household cleaning. If you're like me, you like to eat off of clean dishes, prepare food on a clean surface, and use clean restroom facilities. Taking the cleaning of any of these areas into your own hands requires a little chemical
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Another solubility problem occurs when Coke is spilled on the floor, creating a sticky mess that doesn't seem to clean up with any normal household cleaning agents. This is because one of the main ingredients in any soda is phosphoric acid, which is a sticky mess in and of itself, not to mention the sugars and other sticky components found in most sodas. Luckily, phosphoric acid dissolves easily in water, making water (and lots of it) typically the best way to clean up this sort of spill.
Acid/base chemistry also finds its way into our everyday lives. For instance, have you ever touched your car battery only to find that seconds later, you are feeling a tingling or burning sensation? This is because the battery acid is performing a dehydration reaction on your skin. That is, water is being pulled from your tissue in a chemical reaction. Luckily, armed with your knowledge of acid/base chemistry, you quickly sprinkle some baking soda on the offending acid, neutralizing its harmful effects. Or perhaps you've eaten some particularly spicy food or just have a little acid reflux. It's milk to the rescue in these cases. The slightly basic milk will neutralize the slightly acidic foods in no time.

So before you shove those chemistry books into the attic to gather dust, before you decide that there's just no

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