The Great Atom
Chemistryis all about everything: life, death, molecular interactions. Substances arechanged (petroleum). People create new stuff (Teflon). Materials are improved(plastics). Medicine depends on chemistry (chemotherapy). General Chemistryintroduces the basic information needed to begin understanding, at the micro-level,how the universe works.
Topicscentral to the course are atomic and molecular structure, the elements,chemical equations, and the properties of matter. Students assume and evaluatea pro or con while researching a social issue related to chemistry. Lab workand math problem solving are stressed.