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1.1 The Study of Chemistry


Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Matter is made up of almost infinitesimally small building blocks called atoms. Atoms can combine together to form molecules. Molecules of a few familiar substances are represented here. In later chapters you will learn more about how atoms combine to form molecules, and how molecules have the shapes and properties that they do.

Oxygen Water CarbonDioxide Ethanol EthyleneGlycol Aspirin