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Chemistry in the Community Interview

February 02, 2021

The project is due on February 19, 2021.

Students are to interview a family member over the age of 65 with the following questions in mind:

1) How would you describe the location where you lived as a child--urban, suburban, or rural?

2) What was the main source of heat in your childhood home?

3) How was the source of heat supplied? Did you obtain the fuel yourself or was it delivered to your home?

4) Considering cleanliness, convenience, and quantity of heat produced, how does that source of heat compare with what we use today?

5) What was the main source of lighting in your childhood home? What source of energy was used to provide the lighting?

6) What, if any, was the main means of public transportation? What provided the energy for this transportation?

7) What was the main source of private transportation? How common was this mode of transportation? What was its source of energy?

8) What was the fuel for cooking?

9) If your family bought your food rather than grow or raising, how was it packaged?

10) In what kind of container was milk obtained?

11) What kind of soap was used for washing clothes? How did its effectiveness compare to today's soaps or detergents?

12) What were the main fabrics used in clothes? From what were the fabrics made?

13) Were clothes easier or harder to care for than they are now? Please explain.

 For the assignment-

Write a conclusion summarizing the main differences between earlier years and now.

A paragraph as to would returning to the "good old days" be a good thing?

And a third paragraph on the topic: if you are interviewed at your old age and petroleum is no longer an energy source, what parts of the past do you feel we will need to go back to?

Good luck. Enjoy your time with your families.

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