This subject is an introduction to the world of chemistry. You will learn about atoms, the building blocks of everything around us. You’ll learn about how these atoms are put together to make compounds, to make most of the materials that we use every day.
We’ll have some fun looking at some common types chemical reactions and finally, we’ll use our knowledge of these chemical reactions along with a new way of quantifying the world in order to be able to make powerful predictions about quantitative chemistry.
What will I learn?
Identify different types of matter around you
Develop an appreciation for some of the historical milestones in the development of modern chemistry
Describe the basic structure of the atom, giving specific details for any given element
Develop knowledge of the periodic table and its structure
Explain why atoms join together to form different compounds
Build and name simple ionic and covalent chemical compounds
Read, write, balance and comprehend chemical reactions through the use of chemical equations
Predict the solubility behaviour of simple ionic and covalent compounds
Recognise common occurrences of acid-base, endothermic, exothermic and combustion reaction
Comprehend the mole concept and how it relates to quantification
Use the mole concept to be able to calculate masses, volumes, concentrations and the number of individual atoms that make up a given material
Combine your understanding of chemical equations and the mole concept to make quantitative predictions regarding the outcome of a chemical reaction
Where could this lead me?
If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.
Quality control chemist
MODULE 1: THE WORLD IS MADE OF MATTER
MODULE 2: SHAPING THE WORLD - HOW IS DIFFERENT MATTER MADE?
MODULE 3: MAKING IT HAPPEN – CHEMICAL REACTIONS
MODULE 4: WHAT’S IN A MOLE? QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY
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Kiralee completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was really great introduction to chemistry. I recommend it for anyone who has little to no experience with chemistry. The content was very well structured and Daniel Eldridge does a great job of making all the content accessible and easy to grasp. I found the assessments to be challenging but not so much that I was discouraged by the difficulty. The lectures are clear and concise and well done. I didn't have to go other sources to gain clarification on any of the content, and resources provided were useful and relevent to the course content.
Peter M Abraham
Peter M Abraham completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Professor Daniel Eldridge does an excellent job teaching; so good, I wish I could have him as my professor for an upcoming college chemistry class I will be taking this fall at a local community college. The class was well taught, and provided good insights into chemistry, and provided an excellent tool belt for which to solve chemistry problems.
Karla Cabrera completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It was a great course. If you want to begin learning about chemistry or if you have difficulties with it this is an excellent course. On the other hand, if you already know chemistry and want something more challenge, then search in other course, because this is going to be too easy for you.
In my personal experience I like it a lot. Now, I can move forward to more difficult classes.