Chemistry Has a Language

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Language of Chemistry
To What degree might each area of knowledge be seen as having its own language? Its own culture?
How can we tell the difference between a foreign language and a variation of our native language? 1) How chemistry has its own language a) Chemistry: 2H2 + O2 2H2O

b) English: Two molecules of hydrogen react with one molecule of oxygen to form two molecules of water.
This represents how chemistry has its own language because it uses different grammar rules and even different characters when it is written. a) (this could be considered an abbreviation instead of its own language because both the equation and the sentence have the exact same meaning. This still doesn’t mean that it is a language because it can directly translate into English which contradicts the Worf theory of language.) b) The following two equations are examples of complicated chemical equations. It would take a large amount of time and space to translate either of these two into English. 1) Chemistry also has its own rules (grammar) c) Both hydrogen and oxygen are “special” elements that, when written by themselves, must be bonded by another atom of the same element. This is represented by the small 2 written immediately after each element. d) The equation must always be balanced. This means that the same number of atoms on one side of the equation must match the number on the other side. This is represented by a large number immediately before the atom/molecule. In this equation both numbers are “2”

2) When chemistry doesn’t completely translate into English e)

f) English: ethanol,(drinking alcohol) E85 g) A lot of information is lost when it is translated into english. This supports the Worf theory. (contradiction would be the cloak theory) h) It turns out that the word ethanol…...

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