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COURSE TITLE: Concepts of Chemistry
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.
  • Middlecamp, 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:
  • Molecular modeling and molecular dynamics software: Spartan 7.2 and Odyssey Student 5.4, 25-user site licenses available on campus computers
  • Safety glasses
  • Access to Moodle: and to other electronic resources, including a suite of resources created at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science at and
Laboratory 18%
Midterm Exam I 15%
Midterm Exam II 15%
Final Exam 25%
Project 1 - Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, Systems Thinking8%
Project 2 - Chemistry Imagined 11%
Problems, Participation, Attendance 8%
  • To  develop  understanding  of  and  appreciation  for  the  importance  of  chemical  substances  andprocesses in everyday life.
  • To  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.   
  • To  equip  students  with  tools  and  confidence  to  make  responsible  science-based  decisions  about chemical substances and processes.  
  • To develop an understanding of the processes of science.
  • To develop basic competence and confidence in the use of laboratory techniques.
  • To  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 Breath
  • Covalent Bonds, Molecular Shapes and Models, Computer Molecular Modeling (Spartan
    and Odyssey)
  • 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.

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