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Chemistry in Your Life (CHEM 1140)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course offers an introduction to chemistry and its applications in personal life and modern society. The chemistry concepts you will study include the structure of matter, elements and compounds, chemical bonding, reactions, energy changes, and an introduction to organic chemistry. You will consider and investigate the relevance of chemistry in everyday life - with a focus on many contemporary topics, such as, environmental issues, energy resource issues, medicine, food and health, as well as consumer chemistry. Concurrent registration in Chemistry In Your Life Lab is required.

Topical Outline:
1. Chemistry concepts as well as laboratory activities and observations in the context of real-world topics, such as Food, Medicine, Energy Resources, Air Quality and Water Quality
2. Composition of matter, with focus on atoms, ions, compound and molecules
3. Chemical bonding and molecular structures
4. Chemical reactions and energy transfer
5. Polarity and solubility
6. Acids, bases and pH

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand, describe, explain and apply core chemistry concepts and theories
2. Interpret and apply core chemistry concepts and theories in given relevant everyday/social contexts
3. Gather, interpret, present and discuss information regarding selected personal and/or social chemistry-related topics
4. Formulate and articulate an informed explanation of and/or opinion regarding selected chemistry related personal and/or social topics

Co-requisites:  CHEM 1140 and Chemistry In Your Life Lab

  • Goal 3: Natural Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility