Someone truly said- life is all about chemistry. The science of chemistry, as many of us believe, holds the true secret of life and living organisms. As we know before life came on earth, there was only chemical form and elements dispersed all around. Then they combined to form molecules and then they formed further complex compounds and finally led to the formation organic molecules and evolution of life. Chemistry is truly a fascinating field of science. it holds so many secrets which we are yet to open up. But even then, the parts which we know are also shocking and fascinating enough to make us wonder in awe. It is full of an unusual trivia! Here we present you a collection of some fun filled as well as interesting information and chemistry facts which will surely encourage you to learn more of chemistry and at least provide a good time discovering knowledge with fun!
PERIODIC TABLE: It is the orderly representation of all the elements discovered by human beings according to their atomic numbers. You would be amazed to know that out of all the 24 letters in the English alphabet system- the only letter, which does not appear even for once on the atomic elemental periodic table, is the letter J. An amazing fact is that a single pure element is capable of taking many physical forms, which may be chemically different too. Like, diamond and graphite are both pure of the element carbon in their original form but still are vastly different and are called the allotropes of carbon. Another surprising fact is that the thunder and lightning strikes during storms produce O3, which is chemically called ozone, and thus it strengthens the ozone layer in our atmosphere. In addition, even if oxygen gas is, as we all know- colorless, but the liquid state and solid state of this gas are blue. Talking about metals, you will be shocked to know that the only two non-silvery metals in the world are the gold and copper. Here by silvery look we mean the metallic luster.
ELEMENTS: In other elements, the rarest and yet naturally occurring element in our earth’s crust is astatine. The entire earth crust contains only about 28 gm of this element in total. Another shocking fact about elements is that, the only elements, which are in liquid state in even room temperature, are mercury and bromine. However, we can have another element on the margin. As we all know, we can melt gallium by just holding its lump in our hands. Hydrofluoric acid, or HF, is enough corrosive to dissolve glass. But the surprising fact is that, even if it is highly corrosive, HF is still considered to be one of the ‘weak acids.
GASES: Coming to gases, a whopping 20% of the total oxygen content in our atmosphere is produced by the dense Amazon rainforest. You will be amazed to know that Helium balloons float as the gas is lighter in weight than air. You would be shocked to know that Dry ice is in fact the solid state of carbon dioxide gas, CO2. In addition, liquid air has the same bluish tint like the water.
WATER SECRETS: Amazingly, water expands as we freeze it down, which is exactly opposite to most of the other compounds. Actually, an ice cube has almost 9% more volume than the amount of water used to make that ice. In addition, if we pour salt into a glass of water, the water level in the glass will go down rather than overflowing from the glass. Hydrogen, present in water molecule, is actually the most abundant element in the whole universe, while another element in the water, the oxygen is the most abundant element present in the earth’s atmosphere, crust, and oceans (approximately 49.5%). It is also said as a riddle that one-bucket full of water actually contains more number of atoms than there are bucketfuls of water in the whole Atlantic Ocean.
HUMAN BODY: Talking about the chemistry of the human body, our body contains enough carbon in it to provide ‘lead’, which is actually graphite, for almost 9,000 pencils. In addition, there is about 250 g of common salt in an adult human body. You should know that bee stings are acidic while the wasp stings are alkaline in nature.
Such amazing facts are actually present in every line of the world of chemistry, and the more we read them the more we get lost in them. So jump in and get amazed by more amazing facts of the chemical world.