Chemistry is defined as the field of science in which the properties of matter are observed, as well as the changes that matter undergoes. However, chemistry can be broken down into several categories, as described below.
Areas of Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry: this area of chemistry deals with the study of all things containing Carbon.
- Inorganic Chemistry: contrary to the above, this field of chemistry deals with the study of all things not containing carbon.
- Biochemistry: this area of chemistry deals with the study of living things (a cross between biology and chemistry).
- Analytical Chemistry: covers hands-on chemistry in the lab. Analysis is involved using instrumental tools.
- Physical Chemistry: deals more with the behavior of matter when it changes (whether that change be physical or chemical). Physical chemistry is more “computational,” which works more with theories, ideas, and models for new compounds.
Types of Chemistry
- Pure Chemistry: Pure chemistry gains knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge; it does not have any application to something other than adding to references, etc.
- Applied Chemistry: Applied chemistry is when new knowledge is gained, but has a practical use of chemical products directed toward a practical goal or application (in other words, the knowledge is applied to some use).