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1027 Spr 2011 Syllabus-1

1027 Spr 2011 Syllabus-1 - Applications of Chemistry(CHEM...

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Applications of Chemistry (CHEM 1027) Temple University Spring Semester 2011 Instructor: Dr. Allan E. Thomas Lecture: MWF 1:00-1:50p Room: BE 162 Laboratory: BE 117 Office: BE 102 Phone: (215) 204-5899 E-mail: [email protected] Statement of Teaching Philosophy Chemical education is in a state of constant flux. Students enrolled in chemistry need an insight into both theory and practice. Though the basic concepts have not changed for many years, the method of teaching these concepts certainly has. A clear understanding of the concepts and principles in chemistry seldom results when students take copious notes. For most students, demonstrations and active participation are extremely important to achieve understanding of these concepts. The underlying philosophy of this author is that teaching is a joint enterprise between professor and student. With the advent of computers, the Internet, and CD-ROM, students have the potential of learning at a much faster rate than in previous years. It is the advantage of students and their professors to take advantage of all these technologies. The preparation of General Chemistry students varies widely, and our objective must be to make the material understandable to the student without distortion or oversimplification. Although chemistry is everywhere, and without it life would be impossible, an excited anticipation of learning chemistry is not evident among the majority of students. Instead, students often approach the study of chemistry with considerable apprehension. The program is designed to help students to see how chemical principles and concepts are developed, and how these principles can be used to explain phenomena observed in daily life as well as in the laboratories. Special attention is given to problems we face today and the attitudes, understandings, and skills that will help the students analyze carefully and act wisely on issues that will confront us all as citizens in our technological world. Course Objective: This course is an introductory course developed to prepare you to be successful in General Chemistry I (1031). It is designed to familiarize you, the student, with qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemical sciences. This course will also help you to develop the mathematical skills needed for the understanding of the many chemical principles, and concepts found in chemistry. You will also develop critical thinking skills necessary for the solving of scientific problems not only in this course, but also in the many courses that lie ahead. Course Format: All sections will meet in a common lecture format Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and recitation which meets one hour per week. In each class: lecture, discussions, questions and answers, practice and problem-solving sessions will take place.
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