What is Chemistry?

All matter consists of sub-microscopic particles, namely atoms, molecules and ions. The characteristics and behaviour of the compounding particles determine the characteristics and behaviour of the matter. Chemistry is the study of matter and its purpose is to alter the characteristics and behaviour of the compounding particles to the advantage of society. Products like fertiliser, soap, washing powder, toothpaste, insect killer, plastic, rubber, fuel, glue, paint and medicine are the result of chemical research and manufactured by the chemical industry. This industry forms the backbone of modern society.

          Chemistry consists of the following subjects:

          • Analytical Chemistry
          • Analytical Methods
          • Inorganic Chemistry
          • Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
          • Introductory Organic Chemistry
          • Physical Chemistry
          • Organic Chemistry
          • Pharmacy/Biological Sciences