CHEM 112/6.0 General Chemistry
A survey of modern chemistry: molecular structure, bonding, phases of matter, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, polymers, organic and biochemistry. Using information technology, laboratories and formulation of problem-solving strategies, students will develop an appreciation for the relevance of chemistry to the solution of modern-day societal challenges.
Chemistry is the study of matter and its structure, composition, changes, and properties. It is these features of matter which lead to useful materials and phenomena that underpin so much of the observations and technology of the modern world , from advanced semi-conductors to polymers to biochemistry, among others.
This course also exploits the setting of Herstmonceux and BISC near the centres of scientific excellence in the UK and Europe. A program of Guest Lecturers and field trips to places such as London, Oxford and Paris provide students with the opportunity to experience the European scientific culture and reflect on its importance to modern chemistry.
This is a blended course which will provide introductory knowledge of chemistry that can be used in upper-level studies at Queen’s or later in life. Some students will pursue degrees in chemistry and this course will prepare you for that endeavour. Others may pursue degrees in which chemical concepts appear to varying degrees; in this case, you can expect to have the knowledge to recognize when chemical concepts are needed in your studies.
- To acquire a basic understanding of fundamental chemical concepts
- To be exposed to many areas of chemistry
- To develop the practical skills needed to undertake chemical research
- To understand the value and application of chemistry in real-world settings
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Examples of previous ELOs include a Forensic Science workshop at Kingston University, Surrey, a trip to the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station and a tour of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.