Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle: with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities

William Scott Hammack, Donald DeCoste

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

This book introduces modern readers to Michael Faraday’s great nineteenth-century lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. This companion to the YouTube series contains supplemental material to help readers appreciate Faraday’s key insight that “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of science than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.” Through a careful examination of a burning candle, Faraday’s lectures introduce readers to the concepts of mass, density, heat conduction, capillary action, and convection currents. They demonstrate the difference between chemical and physical processes, such as melting, vaporization, incandescence, and all types of combustion. And the lectures reveal the properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, including their relative masses and the makeup of the atmosphere. The lectures wrap up with a grand, and startling, analogy: by understanding the chemical behavior of a candle the reader can grasp the basics of respiration. To help readers understand Faraday’s key points this book has an “Essential Background” section that explains in modern terms how a candle works, introductory guides for each lecture written in contemporary language, and seven student activities with teaching guides.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationUrbana, IL
PublisherArticulate Noise Books
Number of pages189
EditionFirst edition.
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9839661-9-7
ISBN (Print)978-0-9839661-8-0
StatePublished - 2016

Fingerprint

Reader
Michael Faraday
History
Teaching
Physical
Hydrogen
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Capillary
Melting
Language
Atmosphere
Heat
Respiration
Carbon Dioxide
YouTube

Keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Candles
  • Combustion

Cite this

Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle : with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities. / Hammack, William Scott; DeCoste, Donald .

First edition. ed. Urbana, IL : Articulate Noise Books, 2016. 189 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Hammack WS, DeCoste D. Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle: with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities. First edition. ed. Urbana, IL: Articulate Noise Books, 2016. 189 p.
Hammack, William Scott ; DeCoste, Donald . / Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle : with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities. First edition. ed. Urbana, IL : Articulate Noise Books, 2016. 189 p.
@book{62e451215b7d4914b78ee45da81c655e,
title = "Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle: with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities",
abstract = "This book introduces modern readers to Michael Faraday’s great nineteenth-century lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. This companion to the YouTube series contains supplemental material to help readers appreciate Faraday’s key insight that “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of science than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.” Through a careful examination of a burning candle, Faraday’s lectures introduce readers to the concepts of mass, density, heat conduction, capillary action, and convection currents. They demonstrate the difference between chemical and physical processes, such as melting, vaporization, incandescence, and all types of combustion. And the lectures reveal the properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, including their relative masses and the makeup of the atmosphere. The lectures wrap up with a grand, and startling, analogy: by understanding the chemical behavior of a candle the reader can grasp the basics of respiration. To help readers understand Faraday’s key points this book has an “Essential Background” section that explains in modern terms how a candle works, introductory guides for each lecture written in contemporary language, and seven student activities with teaching guides.",
keywords = "Chemistry, Candles, Combustion",
author = "Hammack, {William Scott} and Donald DeCoste",
year = "2016",
language = "English (US)",
isbn = "978-0-9839661-8-0",
publisher = "Articulate Noise Books",
edition = "First edition.",

}

TY - BOOK

T1 - Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle

T2 - with guides to lectures, teaching guides & student activities

AU - Hammack, William Scott

AU - DeCoste, Donald

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - This book introduces modern readers to Michael Faraday’s great nineteenth-century lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. This companion to the YouTube series contains supplemental material to help readers appreciate Faraday’s key insight that “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of science than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.” Through a careful examination of a burning candle, Faraday’s lectures introduce readers to the concepts of mass, density, heat conduction, capillary action, and convection currents. They demonstrate the difference between chemical and physical processes, such as melting, vaporization, incandescence, and all types of combustion. And the lectures reveal the properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, including their relative masses and the makeup of the atmosphere. The lectures wrap up with a grand, and startling, analogy: by understanding the chemical behavior of a candle the reader can grasp the basics of respiration. To help readers understand Faraday’s key points this book has an “Essential Background” section that explains in modern terms how a candle works, introductory guides for each lecture written in contemporary language, and seven student activities with teaching guides.

AB - This book introduces modern readers to Michael Faraday’s great nineteenth-century lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle. This companion to the YouTube series contains supplemental material to help readers appreciate Faraday’s key insight that “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of science than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.” Through a careful examination of a burning candle, Faraday’s lectures introduce readers to the concepts of mass, density, heat conduction, capillary action, and convection currents. They demonstrate the difference between chemical and physical processes, such as melting, vaporization, incandescence, and all types of combustion. And the lectures reveal the properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, including their relative masses and the makeup of the atmosphere. The lectures wrap up with a grand, and startling, analogy: by understanding the chemical behavior of a candle the reader can grasp the basics of respiration. To help readers understand Faraday’s key points this book has an “Essential Background” section that explains in modern terms how a candle works, introductory guides for each lecture written in contemporary language, and seven student activities with teaching guides.

KW - Chemistry

KW - Candles

KW - Combustion

M3 - Book

SN - 978-0-9839661-8-0

BT - Michael Faraday's The chemical history of a candle

PB - Articulate Noise Books

CY - Urbana, IL

ER -