CH105: Consumer Chemistry – How Organic Chemistry Impacts our Lives

Welcome to the online text resource for CH105: Consumer Chemistry.  The focus of this textbook is to introduce students to the fundamental applications of organic chemistry to society, technology, and the development of consumer products.  The first part of the textbook focuses on the basic fundamentals of measurements in chemistry, the scientific method, and an introduction into atoms and elements.  The second part of the textbook focuses on an introduction to organic chemistry  and how it is applied to our daily lives. Topics include fuels and energy, polymers, fertilizers, pesticides, food and food additives, household cleaners, cosmetics and personal care items, pharmaceuticals, and air and water pollution. Organic concepts covered include an introduction to intermolecular forces and solution dynamics, VESPR and molecular geometry, organic structure and basic chemical reactions.


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Measurements in Chemistry


Chapter 2:  Atoms, Elements and the Periodic Table


Chapter 3: Ionic and Covalent Bonding


Chapter 4: The Shape and Characteristics of Compounds


Chapter 5: Introduction to Organic Chemistry


Chapter 6: A Brief History of Natural Products and Organic Chemistry


Chapter 7: Alkanes and Halogenated Hydrocarbons


Chapter 8: Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatic Compounds


Chapter 9: Organic Compounds of Oxygen


Chapter 10: Compounds with Sulfur, Phosphorus, and Nitrogen


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Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) on Jan 10th, 2017

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Abozenadah, H., Bishop, A., Bittner, S., Lopez, O., Wiley, C., and Flatt, P.M. (2017) Consumer Chemistry:  How Organic Chemistry Impacts Our Lives.  CC BY-NC-SA.  Available at:

This text was edited by: Stacy Henle