What are Acids and Bases?

Shmoop Editorial Team. (2008, November 11). What Are Acids and Bases? – Shmoop Chemistry. Retrieved June 12, 2015 from http://www.shmoop.com/acids-bases/acid-base-definition.html Flesch–Kincaid 11.4 Description Unlike any other text, this article provides a delightful account of the history of acids and bases and the key chemist who had a major influence in defining them. It presents the […]

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The Stomach: Acid-Base Chemistry

Brown, Brenna Brown, B. The Stomach: Acid-Base Chemistry. (2010, October 28) http://chemrules.blogspot.com/2010/10/stomach-acid-base-chemistry.html Flesch–Kincaid 6.1 Description Stomach acid is not something that most people think about but it is an important part of digestion. This text contains information about stomach acid, what it is made of and why it does not burn our stomach. It is […]

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Sodium Hydroxide (video)

Stilson, Jeff Hunter, J. (Producer), O’Donnell, K. (Producer), & Stilson, J. (Director). (2009). Good Hair (Documentary Clip). USA: Chris Rock Productions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSoiHTRS0lo Flesch–Kincaid Description In 2009, Chris Rock filmed an entire documentary on African American women and their hair. This clip of the documentary shows the disintegration of a soda can over time in sodium […]

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Covering Ocean Acidification: Chemistry and Considerations

Hardt, Marah Hardt, M. and Safina, C. (2008). Covering Ocean Acidification: Chemistry and Considerations. Yale Climate Connection. http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2008/06/covering-ocean-acidification-chemistry-and-considerations/ Flesch–Kincaid 10.1 Description According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ocean acidification is the reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, cause primarily by the uptake of carbon dioxide by the […]

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Information on How to Raise Acid Level in Soil

Rhoades, Heather Rhoades, H. (2015). Information on How to Raise Acid Level in Soil. Gardening Know How. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/raise-acid-level-soil.htm Flesch–Kincaid 9.4 Description Unless you are a gardener, I am sure you did not know that plants grow best in acidic conditions. This article explains what plants thrive in acidic soil and how one can lower the […]

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Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel

Kolata, Gina Kolata, G. (2006, May 16). Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel. New York Times: Fitness and Nutrition. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/16/health/nutrition/16run.html?_r=0 Flesch–Kincaid 7.1 Description Lactic acid is a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism. This article explains how lactic acid is produced in the muscles as well as explains how professional athletes are able to […]

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The Universe

Silverstein, Alvin , , Publication date: 2009 Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books Richmond Public Library Flesch–Kincaid 6.8 Description How big is the universe? What are the planets in the solar system? Who were the first people to travel to the moon? This text addresses basic questions in the world of astronomy and cosmology. We would probably […]

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Through The Wormhole

, Freeman, Morgan , Publication date: 2011 Publisher: Discovery Communications Richmond Public Library DVD Flesch–Kincaid n/a Description This is a two DVD set with lots of well presented information concerning astronomy and the origins of the universe. In particular here I am interested in the segment “What happened before the big bang”. It describes the […]

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Mind Boggling Astronomy

Wills, Steve , , Publication date: 1995 Publisher: Cobblestone Publishing Available at the VCU Library Flesch–Kincaid 7.8 Description This is a book targeted at middle school classrooms that is chock full of activities in addition to short little paragraphs with background information. The material is presented in a fun and interesting way. There are lots […]

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