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Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 978-0-6452398-0-5
  • 34 pages
  • $13.29
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • 978-0-6452398-1-2
  • 34 pages
  • $2.99
Diana Tran
Author
Chemical Engineering Made Simple: Process to Progress
Diana Tran , author
Most items we use every day are the result of a chemical engineering process—from food and beverages, to deodorant and even toilet paper! This book introduces you to the How and Why behind chemical engineering processes, using objects and items you can find in your own home!
Reviews
Tran makes chemistry engaging and comprehensible for young adult readers in this compact guide. She steers her audience through the basic steps of chemical engineering—raw materials, process, product, and progression—in a simplified way that uses familiar objects to create teaching moments, while breaking down complex ideas into graspable steps. In order to generalize what can be a complicated topic, Tran stresses that chemical engineering is “in the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the clothes we wear, the electricity we use…it is everywhere!” Whether explaining what makes a potato chip crispy or demonstrating why perfume pleases the nose, Tran approaches science with an inviting, structured style that will win over her readers.

Like all the best teachers, Tran never loses sight of the basics but illustrates concepts in a way that makes them memorable, providing clear-cut definitions that will be a relief to readers who struggle with understanding challenging scientific information. For every process she analyzes, Tran includes the important terminology, alongside an abridged explanation and helpful connections to our daily lives, to ensure readers absorb the lesson: for example, when learning how sunscreen is made, readers will also discover how stabilisers “help bind the product together” and the different ways that mixing time can affect its consistency.

Educators will welcome the inspired examples Tran uses to demonstrate the chemical processes behind “some of the common things in everyday life,” like her analysis of making a light bulb—“timing is key!” when it comes to melting the glass, in order to achieve a perfectly shaped bulb. The illustrators, an Australian graphic design and illustration company, include entertaining graphics to depict Tran’s chemical processes, offering cartoonish representations of soap being made or showing how milk is transformed into a powder. Readers will appreciate the pleasures of the visuals, as well as Tran’s straightforward approach, which combine to make this instructive tool a fun way to master scientific concepts.

Takeaway: An entertaining and inviting explanation of chemical engineering processes behind everyday products.

Great for fans of: DK’s The Science Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained, Ainissa Ramirez’s The Alchemy of Us.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: B
Editing: B
Marketing copy: C

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 978-0-6452398-0-5
  • 34 pages
  • $13.29
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • 978-0-6452398-1-2
  • 34 pages
  • $2.99

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