This program will explore topics in chemistry and mathematics at the introductory college level. It is designed for students who are eager to gain an understanding of these fields so they can pursue further studies in the sciences. It is also designed for those who are seeking to broaden their liberal arts education by exploring the sciences. Collaborative learning and context-based problem solving will be expected and emphasized. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, and laboratory experiments.
We will begin the study of introductory chemistry by exploring the structure of the atom, 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.
In the mathematics workshops we will study some of the mathematics of science including scientific notation and unit conversions. In addition, students will work with linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. These functions will be approached algebraically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally. A graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
Students will gain experience with scientific communication by developing a presentation related to program themes for the annual Evergreen Science Carnival.
This program prepares students for foundational programs such as Integrated Natural Science.
Anticipated Credit Equivalencies:
8 credits - Introductory Chemistry with lab
6 credits - Algebraic Thinking for Science
2 credits - Scientific Communication
general chemistry, environmental sciences, education and natural sciences
$15 for required course materials
It is highly recommended to have a graphing calculator. If you do not already own one, this can cost around $100.