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Dr. Earley's "Chemistry in Our World"

 

Overview

Photo of Dr. EarleyThis website has been developed to support my online section of CHEM 10030: Chemistry in Our World.  My goal for this course is to try and demonstrate that chemistry might have some practical applications and that a basic knowledge of a few chemical principles could be useful and relevant. While I understand that most people enroll in this course to fulfill a science course requirement, it is my hope that you find at least some of the topics discussed interesting. If there are chemistry-related topics you are curious about that do not appear to be covered, let me know and I will try to work these in.

 

Course Structure

The course structure attempts to break concepts down into manageable pieces. Typically, a web page (which may include audio and/or video) covers each concept.  These pages will generally contain a couple of questions (with worked out answers available, but not immediately visible) to test your understanding.  You are always free to contact me if you have questions on any of these topics.  A small number (usually three or four) of related concepts are grouped and followed by a short, online quiz.  These quizzes are graded, but you are allowed to repeat these as many times as necessary and only your best score will be recorded.

While there is a fair amount of flexibility with this class, a significant portion of the course grade is based on exams, which must be taken during the one-week periods listed on the syllabus.  For this reason, there are regular deadlines for completion of quizzes listed on each page and the course calendar.

Writing and collaboration is an important skill in most professions. Students will need to post on a discussion board.  To allow these posts to be anonymous, students are allowed to create an alias that will be shared with other students in the class and will be used to identify all of your posts on this site.

 

Website

Because we will be using this website instead of Blackboard Learn, it might take a bit of time to get comfortable using this site.

I recommend you start at the START HERE section on the first page and work your way down the page in order.  The Work needed icon means that you still have work to do for points.

The column on the left side of each page contains links to most of the commonly needed material.  Perhaps the most useful tool in this column is the calendar and list of Upcoming Deadlines, that lists the deadlines for all required activities.

If you have any problems navigating this site or using any of the material posted here, please let me know.