Chemistry of How Things Work
and 
 Decisions - Good and Bad - that Bring Chemistry into Our Life 

Twelve case studies of chemistry in the products we use and the situations we meet. ChemCases.com helps you evaluate the decisions behind these products and situations.

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ChemCases.com shows how the chemistry of food relieves our hunger, the chemistry of water and Gatorade and soft drinks and beer and wine takes the edge off our thirst. 
It shows how our drugs and medications work by chemical reactions; it is the chemistry of fuels that powers what we drive and fly; it is chemistry that gives electricity from nuclear and more traditional power sources; chemical synthesis provides our plastics.
And it is the complexities of chemistry that converts useful materials into pollutants, makes some users of alcohol into abusers and addicts some of us to innocent looking but destructive white powders.

ChemCases.com lets you learn chemistry and enjoy doing it by applying the same chemical principles that the inventors used develop the products you use. And you can join with other learners to debate the fundamental issues that confront these scientists as they make responsible decisions about what they do.

Click on a ChemCases.com unit on the left.  You will then find two choices:

  • A summarizing unit that is suitable for a quick review.
  • Links to an extensive ChemCases.com case study that lets you go deeply into the subject. 

National Science Foundation
Scientific American Science and Technology Awards 2004

Chemcases.com is a National Science Foundation supported curriculum development project

ScientificAmerican.com has selected Chemistry of How Things Work  as a WINNER of the 2004 Sci/Tech Web Awards.

If You Are a Chemistry Student or Educator
Each ChemCases.com unit offers you a 50-minute lesson relating chemistry to responsible decision making in our new century. 

The cases provide capsules of knowledge that challenge and entertain.

You can also dig deeper into the complete unit and find in-depth evaluation of the role chemistry plays in complex modern life. 

Students and educators come to chemistry with an enormous diversity. What if the curriculum linked to many of their common experiences?

Wouldn't it become easier to make an impact, to have active learning, by showing how chemistry affects the mainstream of our lives?

These ChemCases.com units are freely available for your use.

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Principal Investigator Laurence Peterson
Project Director Matthew Hermes
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