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Chemistry as a discipline is concerned with matter, change, and energy. Beginning with a look at atoms and the periodic table, students will develop an understanding of how and why atoms arrange and rearrange themselves into the matter that is all around us. Topics include states of matter, heat and energy, the behavior of gases, and chemical reactions. The course will also examine chemical kinetics and dynamic equilibrium. Demonstrations and hands-on experiments will allow students to practice careful observation and measurement skills, with attention given both to descriptive and quantitative work. In addition to topics such as acid/base chemistry, batteries and electricity, food and fuels, and the laws of thermodynamics, students will learn about stoichiometry and the forces that hold matter together.
Students should bring note-taking materials to class each week (notebook and pen/pencil; laptop/tablet; etc.). Students will need basic algebra knowledge. Students can expect to spend 2 to 3 hours weekly on reading and problem sets.
Textbook: Chemistry 2e from the OpenStax project. The book is freely available as an online textbox or as a pdf but is also available in printed form. It is a college-level textbook, so interested students will be able to easily go into greater depth on particular topics if they wish.
Minimum Student Date: Fri 25 Aug 2023 — This course will be cancelled if the minimum number of students have not registered by Aug 25.
Registration Cancellation Deadline: Fri 25 Aug 2023 — Registration cancellations must be made by Aug 25 to avoid paying tuition.
Payment Due Date: Sat 26 Aug 2023 — Please plan to pay your tuition for this course on Aug 26.
Registration Deadline: Thu 14 Sep 2023 — Late registrations will be accepted through Sep 14, if space is available. Tuition will be due immediately upon registration.
Image: Illustration of an atom. 2018. Illustration by Geralt. Public Domain, CC0, no rights reserved, from Pixabay via Wikimedia Commons.