Matter and Motion

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 quarters

Taught by

analytical chemistry


Proficiency in precalculus, including algebra and trigonometry, is required.

This rigorous introductory program integrates first-year university calculus, chemistry, and physics to explore how scientists make sense of the natural world. Careful observation of the natural world reveals an underlying order, which scientists try to understand and explain through model building and experimentation. Physical scientists seek to reveal the fundamental nature of matter, its composition, and its interactions; such understanding forms the essential background for our modern technological society. This program lays the foundation for developing this understanding. Students will be supported in developing a firm background in college-level science, becoming prepared for further intermediate and advanced work in the mathematical and physical sciences.

The program is intended for students with solid high-school level backgrounds in science and mathematics; in particular, a good grasp of precalculus (including algebra and trigonometry) will be assumed. Equally important for success, however, will be a commitment to working hard and effectively in groups. The program will have significant collaborative laboratory and workshop components.

The work will be intensive and challenging but also exciting; students should expect to spend at least 50 hours per week engaged with material during and outside of class. The program will include readings, lectures, labs, workshops, and projects, along with frequent homework sets, writing assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Successful students will improve their conceptual understanding and problem-solving abilities, ability to reason critically and collaborate effectively, and gain hands-on experience in physical science. Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to complex problems that show the rich interconnectedness of mathematical and physical systems. By the end of the program, successful students will have covered material equivalent to a year of calculus, general chemistry with lab, and calculus-based physics with lab, and will be prepared for upper-division work in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Particular upper-division Evergreen science programs that students will be prepared for include: Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics (2018-19); Environmental Analysis (2018-19); Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions (2019-20); and Mathematical Systems (2019-20).

Program Details

Fields of Study

chemistry mathematics philosophy of science physics

Preparatory For

chemistry, mathematics, physics, other natural sciences, engineering, and math and science education.



Fall Open Winter Signature Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Monday, September 25 at 9am (Lecture Hall Classroom 5)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$150 in Fall, $50 in winter, and $50 in spring for science kits and conference registration.


2017-05-10Description has been updated.