Chemistry Counts!


Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

physical chemistry, spectroscopy, materials science
mathematics, education, anthropological mathematics


Students should be comfortable and competent in intermediate algebra (Algebra II) and strong in college arithmetic.

This program will explore topics in chemistry at the introductory level. It is designed for students who are eager to gain an understanding of chemistry so that they can pursue further studies at the general chemistry level and for those seeking to broaden their liberal arts education. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, and laboratory experiments. 

We will begin the study of introductory chemistry by exploring the structure of the atom and the nature of the chemical bond and proceed towards an understanding of molecular geometry. This will lead us to discussions of the periodic table, chemical reactions, mole concepts, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory, we will develop bench skills and lab techniques. In particular, we will focus on measurements, preparing solutions, titrations, and spectroscopy while learning how to use spreadsheet software for data collection and analysis. In chemistry workshops, students will work in small groups to solve problems that further their understanding of the topics covered in lectures. Collaborative learning will be expected and emphasized although students will be responsible for their individual work.

In the mathematics workshops we will use multiple representations to study linear, exponential, rational, and logarithmic functions using a problem-solving approach to college algebra. Collaborative learning will be emphasized. 

In the science seminar, students will read historical and contemporary readings in math and science and discuss how multiple cultures view math and science.  Students will give a presentation to the class on a topic related to or as an extension of the seminar readings.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

mathematics, education, general chemistry, environmental sciences, and natural sciences.

Academic Website

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Tuesday, March 29 at 9am (Sem 2 E3105)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$13 for bound readings.

Special Expenses

A graphing calculator is required.


Date Revision
March 15th, 2016 Fee added ($13).

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 33% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 24


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30071
So - Sr (16 credits): 30074

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