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 via synchronous Zoom sessions and context-based problem solving will be expected and emphasized. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, and computer laboratory work.
All class meetings will be on-line and synchronous via Zoom (about twelve synchronous hours per week) and all students must have access to the internet and a device that enables them to join the Zoom class meetings. A computer is better than a phone for this purpose. Zoom log in access to program activities will be provided via the program Canvas site for registered students.
Access to Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required and available free of charge from the college. A free scanning App such as ‘camscan’ or ‘tapscan’ is required for submitting homework. Students must be able to read pdf files (download the free pdf Reader). The ability to use the white-board in Zoom with a stylus or a pen-enabled tablet is very useful. If not, please acquire a dry-erase board and markers.
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 chemistry workshops, students will work in small groups to solve problems that further their understanding of the topics covered in lectures. Students will develop skills in using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software via multiple computer workshops that will explore graphing and data analysis with this software.
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.
Anticipated Credit Equivalencies (14 credits total):
• 8 credits - Introductory Chemistry with computer laboratory
• 6 credits - Algebraic Thinking for Science
This program is a repeat of the winter program with the same name. Students who took the program in winter should not register for the program again in spring.
Course Reference Numbers
general chemistry, environmental sciences, education and natural sciences
$45 for required supplies that will be mailed directly to students
It is highly recommended to have a graphing calculator. If you do not already own one, this can cost around $100.