Open Yale CoursesCHEM 125: Freshman Organic ChemistryLecture 1 - How Do You Know?next session >>Overview:Professor McBride outlines the course with its goals and requirements, including the required laboratorycourse. To the course's prime question "How do you know" he proposes two unacceptable answers (divineand human authority), and two acceptable answers (experiment and logic). He illustrates the fruitfulness ofexperiment and logic using the rise of science in the seventeenth century. London's Royal Society and the"crucial" experiment on light by Isaac Newton provide examples. In his correspondence with Newton SamuelPepys, diarist and naval purchasing officer, illustrates the attitudes and habits which are most vital forbudding scientists - especially those who would like to succeed in this course. The lecture closes byintroducing the underlying goal for the first half of the semester: understanding the Force Law that describeschemical bonds.Problem sets/Reading assignment:Reading assignments, problem sets, PowerPoint presentations, and other resources for this lecture can be
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