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I - Introductory

Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

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This is the first half of a two-term sequence designed to help students describe and understand properties of materials.

The course first explores how our current pictures of atoms and molecules can explain physical properties of materials (state, color, density, specific heat). The course then uses such pictures to explain how materials behave when mixed together. What sorts of transformations occur? How fast do they occur? To what extent do they occur? Why do they occur?

Course material is applied to better understand living systems, the natural environment, and industrial products. The course meets for three hours of lecture/discussion and for three hours of lab each week. Students are strongly urged to take both terms of this course. Those wishing a less rigorous chemistry course should take Chemistry for Consumers. Evaluations are based on class participation, lab reports, and quizzes. 



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