Spring 2016 quarter
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.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day