Introduction to the Chemical World

Ref: C2224529

We will explore the chemical world from prehistory to the development of modern medicines and analytical methods, visiting the Periodic Table, atoms and molecules, the fundamental principles of organic chemistry and many other topics along the way.

Course aim

To explore some major concepts in modern chemistry, and understand some of the ways in which chemistry has affected our lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge of chemistry will be assumed, but basic numeracy and literacy skills will be required.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • outline some developments which led to our modern understanding of chemical changes.
  • describe how atoms join together to form simple molecules and work out the shapes of a selection of molecules.
  • apply the fundamental principles of organic chemistry (e.g. the bonding in carbon, homologous series, functional groups, isomerism, etc.) in describing simple organic molecules.
  • describe the operation and uses of modern spectroscopic methods of analysis.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will be plenty of opportunities to assess your own learning by means of the wide variety of worksheets which you will be invited to complete throughout the course, and the outcomes of which we will often discuss as a group.

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook and writing materials will be needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course will provide the student with a good understanding of the great importance of chemistry in the modern world.

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Introduction to the Chemical World

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