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This course is a "chemistry literacy" course designed for the non-science
major. The basic concepts about matter, the elements, and their reactions
are covered, but the emphasis is on how they apply to everyday life and
the changes occurring there because of advances in the chemical sciences.
Topics include the metric
system, atoms, elements, bonding, water,
molecules, polymers and the chemistry of living organisms. Weekly laboratory
exercises include making salts, nylon, slime, and DNA, as well as observing
chemical and physical reactions, measuring cans of juice, and studying
reaction rates. Whenever possible topics of current interest are discussed.
Classrooom activities (2 hours a week) and laboratories (2 hours a week) are presented, with teamwork strongly encouraged. There are 3 hourly exams, extra credit puzzles and problem sets to evaluate the class. Weekly lab reports and a final practical exam evaluate the laboratory experience. A Library and internet research paper on a topic chosen by the student is required. Electronic mail (E-mail) and the Internet are used extensively.
A text, safety goggles and a quad ruled notebook are required. Students must obtain their usercode and password at a PC or terminal (Fitzelle 201 or IRC-120) to access E-mail. Copies of prior tests, student papers and handouts are available in Milne Library for perusal or reproduction.
This course, with no prerequisites, satisfies the laboratory science requirement for the Basic Curriculum (NL attribute) and may qualify for the TQ and CW attributes under thinking and communicating skills for the Liberal Arts: General Degree Requirements; see your advisor. It does not apply to any science major in liberal arts or the secondary science education curricula. You must attend 70% of the labs and pass the lab evaluations to pass the course.
Absence from the first class or laboratory session may from the course! Inform the instructor immediately if you have any problem attending.
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