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Difference between physics and chemistry

  1. Aug 21, 2009 #1
    What is the difference between physics and chemistry? How would you explain it to someone who has studied graduate level physics and chemistry but has never heard of the terms "physics" or "chemistry"?
     
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  3. Aug 21, 2009 #2

    Pengwuino

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    ........?
     
  4. Aug 21, 2009 #3
    I never thought that I would say this, but: Lolz



    :rofl:
     
  5. Aug 21, 2009 #4
    That was a hypothetical situation. Such a person may not exist.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2009 #5

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    If I were French, what would my favorite color be?

    See, just because something is hypothetical, that doesn't make it answerable, much less sensical.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2009 #6
    Chemistry: The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems

    Physics: The science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two, grouped in traditional fields such as acoustics, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, as well as in modern extensions including atomic and nuclear physics, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and plasma physics.
     
  8. Aug 22, 2009 #7
    How the heck do you study graduate level physics and/or chemistry and not learn those terms (or their equivalents in whatever language you speak)? But hey, I'll bite.

    Chemistry is the study of chemical reactions involving valence electrons. Physics is about mathematical descriptions of physical processes involving matter and energy. Physicists calculate stuff and run experiments. Chemists throw stuff together and see what happens.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2009 #8
    That was a pretty snobbish discription if I ever heard one.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2009 #9
    Oh boy..
     
  11. Aug 22, 2009 #10

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    As a chemist, I would offer this description of chemistry: Chemistry is the study of how atomic and molecular structures are formed and how these structures affect the microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2009 #11

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    MAY not? You actually left room for doubt in that statement? :rofl:

    Okay, here would be my answer...go back to their introductory level textbook in each subject, open page one of chapter one, and read the first paragraph. It's usually defined nicely right there. If they are still confused, proceed to the next paragraph, etc.
     
  13. Aug 22, 2009 #12
    It only makes sense if person is from another country (as of now) where they graduate in their own language.

    Then, you just use http://www.google.ca/language_tools?hl=en"...
     
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  14. Aug 22, 2009 #13

    russ_watters

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    If I were a bee, would I still like cheese?
     
  15. Aug 22, 2009 #14

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  16. Aug 22, 2009 #15
    I'm still confused about the difference
     
  17. Aug 22, 2009 #16

    Moonbear

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    Oh, it's easy. Physicists smash atoms together to see what happens when they break apart. Chemists smash atoms together to see what happens when they stick together. :biggrin:
     
  18. Aug 22, 2009 #17

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    If I were a mentor and a thread was opened on a ridiculous, unanswerable question, what would I do?

    Oh wait.. that question's not hypothetical :devil:
     
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