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    hi, i want to get into chemistry. I have always been interested in the subject and i am extremely creative and really really want to learn about it and gain the expertise to start up as a hobby or maybe even more.
    I would like anyone who knows a thing or two about it too let me know how to begin. what to read, what the basics are, and what things i can set up. etc. stuff like that.
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    Depends on what your starting level is. I would suggest starting with text books on GCSE/A level chemistry depending on your current level and the best commercial chemistry set you can afford (and always follow the instructions). I would strongly advise against doing any experiment that involved dangerous chemicals or that you do not have the correct facilities to do safely. Practical chemistry beyond the simple chemistry set stuff is not something you should be doing in your home or garage (we have well equipped labs for a reason and even here accidents happen, fires and explosions are fairly common!). Having said that it's a great subject and if you have any specific questions about what you are reading and learning ask away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by graemedon View Post
    hi, i want to get into chemistry. I have always been interested in the subject and i am extremely creative and really really want to learn about it and gain the expertise to start up as a hobby or maybe even more.
    I would like anyone who knows a thing or two about it too let me know how to begin. what to read, what the basics are, and what things i can set up. etc. stuff like that.
    Thankyou
    Agree with PhDemon. Chemistry is not a home hobby. It is an academic discipline. Practical work needs to be done in a lab somewhere with adequate supervision.

    If you are interested in the subject, there is a great deal you can find out by reading on the web. If you are serious, the Open University runs modular courses, some of which I think are suitable for people who have been out of education for a while and may need to start from close to zero. I don't know how they handle practical work but I'm sure they must have a way to do it communally and safely, which should be fun.

    To get you started, I think a good copy of the Periodic Table is about the best thing. From the Periodic Table you can learn a lot about the properties of chemical elements and the relationships between elements and groups of them. There are nice ones on the web, e.g. this one I use quite a bit: Dynamic Periodic Table
    You can click on any element you like and get a potted summary about it.
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