Have you ever stared at your kid’s science homework and just shrugged? Have you ever struggled to find an answer when your child asks why something happens the way it does? This book will provide you with those answers. The basic laws and patterns of nature are explained in simple, uncomplicated language, and connected across disciplines to describe the underlying science behind common observations. Examples and activities are included in every section to illustrate the relevance of these concepts to everyday life. By sharing this knowledge with your children you will give them an invaluable gift of awareness and understanding of the world around them. It may even help them with their science homework!
Targeted Age Group:: 25 – 75
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My education was in chemistry & biotechnology. Over the years of helping my own children with their science homework, I often wondered how non-scientifically trained parents coped with this nightly ritual. So I wrote a book for them. Here it is.
Some reactions require a special chemical helper called a catalyst to get the reactants “over the hump” of the transition state and enable reaction to take place at all. Catalysts are found everywhere. In Nature they control innumerable functions of cells. Engineers have created thousands of chemicals that act as catalysts in industrial processes that allow the creation of new molecules with desirable characteristics that were not found in Nature. Catalysts, however, never participate in the reactions they enable – they serve as disinterested parties. Think about a typical high school dance: A boy and a girl may want to dance with each other, but are too shy to actually speak. The activation energy of their making contact with each other is simply too great for the two interested parties to overcome. However, enter a friend, a catalyst, who brings the two parties together by starting a conversation about something of mutual interest. Once the original boy and girl are deep in conversation, the friend will leave, completely unchanged by the interaction.
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