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Chemistry in Our World - Fall 2021

CHEM 10030: Chemistry in Our World
Course Outline - Fall 2021

Welcome to Dr. Earley's online Chemistry in Our World course. Students enrolled in this class should proceed sequentially through each of the topics listed below by the deadlines indicated.  Note that some of this material is also available to students who are not currently enrolled but may be interested in finding out more about this course.

It has been decided that this class will be offered in a remote format. My current plan is to hold live video sessions using Microsoft Teams during regularly scheduled class periods (MW: 1:00-2:15pm). These video sessions will typically be recorded and saved, and attendance during these synchronous sessions is not required. Our first session will be held on Monday, August 30.

 

  • Discussion Board
    You are required to make at least 10 posts (100 word minimum) during the semester. Prompts containing topics for these posts will be posted near the beginning of most weeks.
  • Old Exams
    Copies of select exams from previous semesters

 

 

Material for Exam #2: (Testing Dates Oct. 27-28) - Click to expand or collapse

You will need to complete the quizzes in each of the following sections before the deadlines listed. All of these sections should be completed before Exam #2. This section covers topics related to energy sources used today, with a selective look at potential new energy sources.

  • Ozone Layer - The location and formation of the ozone layer, how it protects us, and a description of the ozone hole. Deadline: Oct. 5
  • Nuclear Fission - Discussion of the use, problems, and benefits of nuclear energy. Deadline: Oct. 12
  • Energy - A look at current sources of energy in the U.S. Deadline: Oct. 19
  • Global Warming - Defining global warming, whether global warming is occurring, potential causes and alternate energy sources. Deadline: Oct. 26
  • Review Sheet - Summary of topics covered on the second exam.

 

Material for Exam #3: (Testing Dates Dec. 8-9) - Click to expand or collapse

You will need to complete the quizzes in each of the following sections before the deadlines listed. All of these sections should be completed before the final exam. This section focuses on topics related to biochemistry, with an emphasis on food.

  • Water - Properties of solution and purification of drinking water. Deadline: Nov. 9
  • Oxidation/Reduction - How redox reactions are used both in batteries and metabolism. Deadline: Nov. 16
  • Food Chemistry - Overview of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and diet. Deadline: Nov. 30
  • DNA - Overview of DNA, RNA, and genetics. Deadline: Dec. 7
  • Review Sheet - Summary of topics covered on the last exam.