Question Video: Identifying Everyday Processes That Involve the Study of Chemistry Chemistry

Chemistry is involved in many aspects of our everyday lives. Which of the following processes related to making a cup of coffee does not involve chemistry in some way? [A] The diffusion of milk through the mixture of coffee and water [B] The flow of electric current to the heating element and conversion into heat energy [C] How much coffee dissolves in the water [D] The processing of coffee beans from the plant to produce the ground coffee [E] The production and properties of the ceramic cup

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Chemistry is involved in many aspects of our everyday lives. Which of the following processes related to making a cup of coffee does not involve chemistry in some way? (A) The diffusion of milk through the mixture of coffee and water. (B) The flow of electric current to the heating element and conversion into heat energy. (C) How much coffee dissolves in the water. (D) The processing of coffee beans from the plant to produce the ground coffee. Or (E) the production and properties of the ceramic cup.

Chemistry is the study of matter and what it consists of, its properties, its uses, how it changes, interacts, and reacts with other substances, and the conditions under which those changes occur. And matter is anything that has mass and takes up space, which encompasses nearly everything we interact with in our everyday lives.

Option (A) is the diffusion of milk through the mixture of coffee and water. The milk, coffee, and water are all made of matter. And the diffusion of milk through the coffee and water shows the interaction between matter, so it does involve chemistry. Since we’re looking for the option that does not involve chemistry, we know that (A) cannot be the answer to this question.

Option (B) is the flow of electric current to the heating element and conversion into heat energy. The study of energy and how energy changes is largely in the domain of physics, not chemistry. So, the process of electric current being converted into heat energy that would be used to heat the water does not involve chemistry but instead involves physics. So, the answer to the question “which of the following processes related to making a cup of coffee does not involve chemistry in some way?” is (B). But to be sure of our answer, let’s check the other options.

Option (C) is how much coffee dissolves in the water. Coffee and water are composed of matter, and the process of the coffee dissolving in the water is how it changes and interacts with other substances. Therefore, option (C) does involve chemistry and thus cannot be the answer to this question. Option (D) is the processing of coffee beans from the plant to produce the ground coffee. The processing involves knowing what the coffee plant, which is composed of matter, consists of and its uses. Its use in this case would be producing ground coffee. So, option (D) does involve chemistry in some way. So, option (D) is not the answer to this question.

Option (E) is the production and properties of the ceramic cup. The ceramic cup is composed of matter. And looking at its production and properties will involve chemistry. So, option (E) is not the answer to this question. Therefore, the answer to the question which of the following processes related to making a cup of coffee does not involve chemistry in some way is (B), the flow of electric current to the heating element and conversion into heat energy.

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