Chemistry Counts!


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

physical chemistry
mathematics, education, anthropological mathematics

This program will explore topics in chemistry at the introductory level. It is designed for students who are eager to gain an understanding of chemistry so that they can pursue further studies at the general chemistry level and for those who are seeking to broaden their liberal arts education. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, and laboratory experiments. 

We will begin the study of introductory chemistry by exploring the structure of the atom, the nature of the chemical bond, and proceed towards an understanding of molecular geometry.

This will lead us to discussions of the periodic table, chemical reactions, mole concepts, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory we will develop bench skills and lab techniques. In particular we will focus on measurements, preparing solutions, titrations, and spectroscopy while learning how to use spreadsheet software for data collection and analysis. In chemistry workshops, students will work in small groups to solve problems that further their understanding of the topics covered in lectures. Collaborative learning will be expected and emphasized although students will be responsible for their individual work.

In the mathematics workshops we will study linear, exponential, rational, and logarithmic functions using a problem-solving approach to college algebra. Collaborative learning will be emphasized.  A graphing calculator is required.

Students will have the opportunity to do an independent project to demonstrate their understanding of chemistry and mathematics by developing a hands-on lab activity to teach chemistry and math concepts to middle school children. Students will present these activities at the Annual Evergreen Science Carnival.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

general chemistry, environmental sciences, and natural sciences

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Date Revision
March 31st, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 33% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 25


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