Smoke Screens and Gas Masks

Chemistry Goes to War

From the Series STEM on the Battlefield

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the 1960s during the Vietnam War, US forces used a chemical substance called napalm to burn away the jungle in search of enemy soldiers. But when napalm came in contact with human skin, it caused horrific injuries. Its use in war became highly controversial.

Chemistry has long been at the heart of warfare. The invention of gunpowder ninth-century China led to the development of guns, grenades, and other explosives. In World War I chemists created deadly poison gas—as well as gas masks to protect soldiers from enemy gas. From Greek fire to bulletproof vests, learn how chemistry has changed how wars are fought.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025130, JNF051070
Dewey 355/.07
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 850
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 192166
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, and Timeline

Author: Tim Ripley