Indispensable Molecules

Ref: C3671754

An introduction to the elements in the Periodic Table and their importance in making essential molecules. This will include water and its unusual properties as well as an introduction to atmospheric chemistry. There will be an outline to where we get energy from and finally an opportunity to have some understanding of the chemical processes to make some important chemicals, some of which are local to us.

Course aim

Dip into the fascinating world of essential chemicals that have transformed our lives. Explore the impact of chemistry, using accessible presentations on the elements and the materials they provide.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • An interest in science in general is the only requirement. Although it would be great if you felt able to share your own views and experiences.

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

  • Appreciation of the role of the changing nature of science
  • A broader and more confident understanding and use of scientific terms.
  • An increased awareness of the value of the sciences
  • Provide opportunity to share ideas, and discuss the impact of science in our everyday lives

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Indispensable Molecules

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