Homework Help

Why is it useful to a chemist to have this classification system for the types of...

user profile pic

tdj4325 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM via web

dislike 1 like

Why is it useful to a chemist to have this classification system for the types of chemical reactions?

When we identify chemical reactions as synthesis, decomposition, etc., we are using a classification system for the very large number of chemical reactions which may occur in the laboratory, in nature, and in everyday life. Consider the following: Why is it useful to a chemist to have this classification system for the types of chemical reactions?What other classification systems do we see in science, or even in everyday living? How do these systems make our lives easier?

1 Answer | Add Yours

Top Answer

user profile pic

mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Classifying chemical reactions is an extremely useful tool because it allows us to understand more about what is going on in the reaction but also gives us the ability to predict the products of other reactions.  Being able to predict the products of a reaction allow us to design reaction to produce the desired products but also allows us to have some expectation of what will happen before starting a new chemical reaction so that we can plan accordingly to have the appropriate safety equipment as well as plans to deal with the waste.

There are lots of systems in science to divide things including the type of element (metal vs. non-metal), acidity/basicity of solutions, flammability of a substances, solubility in water or other solvents, etc. Even in life, we classify things by gender, age, grade, etc.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes