||Concepts of Chemistry
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:
||Dr. Peter Mahaffy
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
||A survey of fundamental concepts central to chemistry, with
emphasis on demonstrating the importance of chemical phenomena
to the everyday experiences of the student. Examples will be
drawn from the chemistry of the environment, the marketplace
and living systems.
This course meets natural science (with lab) breadth requirements in chemistry.
Catherine H.; Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society,8th
Ed., Boston: American Chemical Society/ McGraw Hill, 2015. (REQUIRED)
See the card in your text for access to the on-line e-book.
- Laboratory handouts will be made available to you on Moodle.
- Hoffmann, Roald; The Same and Not the Same, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. (Recommended)
- Hoffmann, Roald; Torrence, Vivian; Chemistry Imagined: Reflections on Science, Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993. (Additional assigned reserve readings)
- Chemistry in Context on-line learning centre.
You will be asked to regularly make use of resources (figures,
interactive animations, on-line quizzes, supplemental material)
available on the textbook web site at:
modeling and molecular dynamics software: Spartan 7.2 and Odyssey Student 5.4,
25-user site licenses available on campus computers
- Safety glasses
to Moodle: http://moodle.kingsu.ca and to other electronic resources,
including a suite of resources created at the King’s Centre for
Visualization in Science at www.kcvs.ca and
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
|Midterm Exam I
|Midterm Exam II
|Project 1 - Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, Systems Thinking||8%|
|Project 2 - Chemistry Imagined
|Problems, Participation, Attendance
develop understanding of and appreciation
for the importance of chemical
substances andprocesses in everyday life.
make connections among the macroscopic,
molecular, and symbolic levels of
understanding of chemical substances and processes.
- To introduce toxicology and risk assessment of chemical substances in the environment.
equip students with tools and
confidence to make responsible
science-based decisions about chemical substances and
- To develop an understanding of the processes of science.
- To develop basic competence and confidence in the use of laboratory techniques.
be aware of the professional
responsibility of chemists for the
materials they make, and to make
conscious ethical choices about their potential uses and abuses.
- To encourage positive, constructive interaction and collaboration among students and between students and instructors.
- Introduction, Course Objectives
- Anthropocene Epoch & Chemistry for a Sustainable Future
- Planetary Boundaries
- The Air We Breathe
- Protecting the Ozone Layer
- The Chemistry of Climate Change
- Energy from Combustion
- IPCC Climate change and cities conference and activities
- Energy from Electron Transfer
- Water for Life
- The World of Plastics and Polymers
- Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, and Systems Thinking Working Groups
- Preparation & Properties of Gases in a
- Covalent Bonds, Molecular Shapes and Models, Computer Molecular Modeling (Spartan
- Chemistry of Climate Change
- Planetary Boundaries Presentations
- Pollutant Gasses
- Energy and Water
- Building a Conductivity Detector & Testing for Ions
- Classification and Identification of Common Plastics
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.