Talk:Physical chemistry

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A3 is for "Has been copied and pasted from another Wikipedia: Any article or section from an article that has been copied and pasted with little or no change." This article has been substantially simplified from the English Wikipedia. It give important background for other articles as well as on overview of an important part of Chemistry. Except for terms of art, it is limited to the VOA word list. I welcome specific input, but this is a technical area that requires references to specific subareas in order for the article to provide its survey function. It is as simple as Spectroscopy or Biochemistry, two other survey articles that were written by others. Thanks, Racepacket (talk) 22:10, 27 July 2011 (UTC)


Eighteen other articles link here, so it is certainly an important topic that deserves an article on this encyclopedia. Racepacket (talk) 01:44, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Incoming links is not the issue. The issue is that the article is not simple. You were asked to stop doing this. This one slipped in before the editing restrictions were put in place. The subject may be important and article can be re-created at anytime with appropriate content. And, besides it looks like most (all?) of the incoming links come from you adding the template Branches of Chemistry everywhere. Incoming links cannot justify complex, copy/paste articles. Gotanda (talk) 03:33, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
By definition, this is not a copy and paste article. Look at the sentences and sentence structures. They are active voice. Dependent clauses are minimized. All non-technical terms are on the VOA list. If something slipped past me, I am not perfect. There is a gaping hole in this encyclopedia on science articles. If my fig leaf is imperfect in covering that hole, that does not negate the need to cover the hole adequately. How is this article more complex than Spectroscopy or Biochemistry? Racepacket (talk) 04:56, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Would you agree that only seven out of 18 links come from the Branches of Chemistry template? Racepacket (talk) 05:13, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
  • I just made some changes to the article trying to simplify it a bit. It actually wasn't much work. That most people don't understand the sciences might be a reason that this article looks hard to understand. In most sciences you need to use words which are not covered by the basic English wordlist. While this article has many redlinks, I think it isn't that hard to understand. The red links are just there because we don't have many articles on scientific stuff like this. I tend to remove the QD tag, but I'm involved now and will leave this decision to my fellow admins. -Barras (talk) 12:55, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you Barras. Your changes preserved the meaning of the article. I think the problem is a prejudice against science. Imagine this were a survey article about the en:Rockefeller family. You would write a five paragraph history naming the most famous family members and how they contributed to the wealth of the family. You would have sentences like "The sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. were A, B, C, D, and E." You would see a list of notable books printed about the Rockefeller family. Please reread the article but every time you see a scientific term in the article say to yourself "Nelson Rockefeller." Would the article seem written in simple English to you? Racepacket (talk) 13:19, 28 July 2011 (UTC)