The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick

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The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle is a non-fiction book that utilizes visual images and cartoons to cover the basics and intricacies of Chemistry. It consists of two-hundred and fifty-six pages and was published by Collins Reference on May 3, 2005. It covers topics such as chemicals reactions, solutions, acid basis, and chemical thermodynamics in unique fashion that makes chemistry fun and easy to learn as well as understand. The book has no consistent build up or story to it. It simply moves from chemistry subject A to chemistry subject B, explaining the various components that make up the subject of chemistry. To begin with, the authors, Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle, as I alluded to earlier, have…show more content…
It started off with showing us how fire was one of the first chemical reaction humans had ever done and how it was “REALLY, REALLY, IMPORTANT” (Gonick, 2), while also mentioning phosphorescence, photosynthesis, and phlatulence. Then it moved into one of the most important statements in the book which said “CHEMISTRY IS THE SCIENCE THAT ANSWERS THOSE QUESTIONS AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS ARE THE STRANGE TRANSFORMATIONS THAT REVEAL MATTER’S HIDDEN PROPERTIES”(Gornick 2). This statement shows that book truly gives the reader not only knowledge about chemistry, but also the importance of that knowledge. Another part that was of great interest to me was the section that covered matter and its state which showed why each state of matter was composed the way it was. It went from speaking about the basics, such as particles and how they have a rigid structure in solids, lacking structure in liquids, and totally absent in structure in liquids to something as complex as intermolecular forces (IMFs). Intermolecular forces show the forces that keep solids, liquids and gases together. Also the chapter that I enjoyed reading the most was the part that covered electronegativity and how atoms have a tendency or attraction power to pull and attract electrons toward themselves. The chapter covered the factors that affect electronegativity such as atomic number and the distance that its valence electrons are from the charged center or nucleus while also mentioning that

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