CHEM 100
Chemistry Matters Fall 2023
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
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Chemistry matters! From fueling the world’s economy to preventing the next pandemic to forecasting future climate change, chemistry touches all aspects of daily life. This course provides an introduction to chemical principles and applications for students with little or no high school chemistry background. Through the lens of contemporary issues and applications (e.g. energy, environment, materials, medicine, etc.), students will be introduced to concepts fundamental to studying matter at the molecular level. Particular emphasis will be placed on skills essential for students to understand chemistry in these contexts, including quantitative reasoning and the development of chemical literacy and intuition. Laboratory meetings will be used to reinforce lecture material through experimentation at the bench and active learning exercises.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three times per week and laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 32; 16/lab
Expected: 32
Class#: 1088
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem set assignments, laboratory work and analysis, quizzes/exams and a final assessment
Prerequisites: Students are required to take the online Chemistry Placement Survey prior to registering for the course (
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students with little or no high school chemistry experience.
Unit Notes: CHEM 100 may be taken concurrently with MATH 102--see under Mathematics; CHEM 100 or its equivalent is a prerequisite to CHEM 101.
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course fulfills the QFR requirement with regular problem sets and in class activities in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced.

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