Science of Everyday Things, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0787677469
  • ISBN-13: 9780787677466
  • DDC: 500
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 1724 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released April 2004
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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This 4-vol. set illustrates the importance of scientific and mathematical principles through their use in everyday life. Each volume focuses on a specific scientific discipline -- biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics -- offering students an in-depth understanding of each discipline and its theories. Creating a sense of real-life relevance for students, the Science of Everyday Things expands on the explanations of scientific principles and concepts using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, and presents theories in their everyday applications. Some of the entries covered include: how osmosis is used in dehydrating fruit; how the principles of aerodynamics are applied to cars; Charles' law and the chemical reaction that sets off an airbag; how algorithms are used to figure out the NCAA playoff tournaments; and more. Each volume the Science of Everyday Things presents approximately 40-50 entries and includes photos, diagrams, sidebars containing short glossaries and interesting facts and details relating to each principle.


"Unfortunately, in reviewing the first two volumes, some questions and drawbacks need to be addressed... Overall, there is a question on the objective and the content of this series (it could have helped if this information was emphasized in the preface). This series does not really cover the most recent developments in the application of sciences to every life... In summary, the science of real life is not presented in a coherent way of reasoning and in the interplay among observation, experiment, theory, and application. There is no strong emphases on how scientific knowledge affects the human experience, choices, and the quality of life. Some concepts are very general and confusing, and some are incorrect. There are also several concerns on the readability and ease of use of the text. Furthermore, the preface states that, "Each volume includes numerous illustrations, graphs, tables, and photographs." But there are only a few graphs and tables and they are hard to find. It seems a little bit strange to discuss chemistry without formulas, structures, or reactions." -- ARBA (2002)