We know that there are three major branches in chemistry namely: Organic chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Physical chemistry. Organic chemistry deals with carbon and its compounds, inorganic chemistry is the study of minerals and the physical properties of these chemicals are dealt in physical chemistry. Then what is applied chemistry?
Food, medicines, cosmetics, dress materials and gold covering ornaments are some of the items used in our day to day life. They may differ in nature and applications. But all these are associated with chemistry. They are made of synthetic / natural chemicals or involve chemical principles and theories.
We face lot of difficulties in different means to lead our day to day life. Such difficulties make chemists to come out of new ideas and theories. For example, when people suffered by diseases, new chemical compounds were synthesized and used as drugs. New techniques were also developed to diagnose diseases. When farmers suffered due to low crop yield and pest- related problems in crop field, chemists developed new chemical fertilizers and pesticides to combat these issues. Thus chemical principles and theories are applied to various fields in order to achieve specific results or to solve real-world problems. This is called applied chemistry. In this lesson, let us discuss various branches of applied chemistry and their significance.
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