Submission Information

  • Final
  • Chemistry
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  • March 30, 2011

Descriptor Details

  • Chemistry and Society
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This course introduces students to basic concepts of chemistry and requires analyses of the socio-cultural contexts within which chemistry plays a central role. The course is designed to provide a general educational exposure to the physical sciences, specifically chemistry, and is not recommended for science majors.

Elementary algebra or higher or eligibility for transfer-level mathematics


Reading Proficiency

Fundamentals of Chemistry:

  • Units of measure, light, heat and temperature, problem solving and dimensional analysis
  • Principles of chemistry, including
    • introduction to the fundamental particles [electrons, protons and neutrons] and their relationship to atomic structure;
    • atoms, ions and molecules;
    • ionic interactions and covalent bonding;
    • the states of matter the nature of solutions including classifications of solutes 

Contextual Topics such as: 

  • Human mobility:  ships, planes, trains, automobiles and bicycles
  • Energy: lighting the human environment, sources of energy, distribution and impact on the human condition; production of oil-based materials
  • The politics of pollution - including water-based pollution concerns
  • Chemicals in our foods and food supply chain
  • Population dynamics - the chemistry of contraception
  • Chemistry and chemical dependency
  • Diseases of chemical origin

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to: 

  1. Apply scientific reasoning in contexts involving chemistry and society
  2. Use chemical theories, principles, and models, in conjunction with the scientific method, to analyze socio-cultural phenomena involving chemistry and society
  3. Critique the benefits and limitations of applying the scientific method to problems in the analysis of socio-cultural phenomena involving chemistry
  4. Explore independently contemporary topics in which chemistry has a significant role

Lab work
Written papers and/or reports

Basic Chemistry. Daub, G. W. & W. S. Seese

Chemistry in Context, Applying Chemistry to Society. A project of the American Chemical Society

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