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What Are The Five Major Divisions Of Chemistry?

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Analytical chemistry   is the study of ways to analyze samples.   Examples of areas using analytical chemistry include forensic science, environmental science, and drug testing.

Biochemistry is one of the fastest-changing fields of chemistry, with new medically-related discoveries each year.   Biochemists work with proteins, DNA, the design and function of new drugs, and much more.  

Inorganic chemistry focuses on elements and compounds other than carbon or hydrocarbons.   Compounds studied by inorganic chemists include crystal structures, minerals, metals, catalysts, and some drugs.

Organic chemistry focuses on carbon-containing compounds such as fuels, plastics and polymers, food additives, and drugs.   Organic chemists are often the ones who synthesize new materials.

Physical chemistry is the study of the physical properties of molecules, and their relation to the ways in which molecules and atoms are put together.   Areas of investigation include the generation of heat, the interaction of molecules with radiation, and the calculation of structures and properties.

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