2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

General Chemistry

Spring 2013 quarter

Lydia McKinstry organic chemistry , Paula Schofield organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
chemistry, biology, environmental science, medicine, health and education.
Working knowledge of high school algebra.

This one-quarter program will offer an intensive introduction to the concepts and methods of college-level general chemistry. We will use an organizing theme that is based on the cycles and transformations of matter and energy at a variety of scales in both living and nonliving systems. Use of quantitative methods will be emphasized in all areas of the program, gaining additional insights into these processes. Students will undertake assignments focused on interpreting and integrating all of the topics covered. Our work will emphasize critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, as well as the development of proficient writing and speaking skills.

Program activities will include lectures, small-group problem-solving workshops, laboratories and field trips. Students can expect to spend at least a full day in lab each week, maintain laboratory notebooks, write formal laboratory reports and give formal presentations of their work. Group work will also include reading and discussion of topics of current or historical significance in chemistry. It will be a rigorous program, requiring a serious commitment of time and effort on the part of the student. Overall, we expect students to end the program with the ability to reason critically, solve problems, and have hands-on experience with general chemistry.

This program provides the equivalent of of a year-long course in general chemistry and will give students the chemistry prerequisite needed to pursue upper division work in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental science.

Online Learning
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