CHE125 Fall, 2010 Dr. Dennis W. Brinkman Office: SH220 D Phone: Ext. 2632 E-mail: [email protected] Dr. Benjamin R. Linger Office: SH329 Phone: Ext. 3074 E-mail: [email protected] Chemistry is a study of the way in which God has put together all that is around us, from grains of sand to humans to the stars in the sky. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for those intending to major in the natural sciences and then move on into teaching, research, medical professions, and many other applications of science. We also welcome those who are working toward careers in associated fields, such as physical therapy or psychology. It is not meant for those needing a general education laboratory science course. We will use many resources, but the primary ones are: • Tro, Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (1 st Ed.) • General Chemistry Lab Manual - online • Kramer & Shaginaw, Selected Solutions Manual (examples of how to work problems at end of each chapter; 1 st Ed.) • MasteringChemistry, Pearson Online Homework System • Blackboard (IWU intranet site for this course) • Turning Technologies XR responder (clicker) This is a five-hour gateway course. It is a large part of your class load and it will require a significant portion of your waking hours outside of class. However, we know that the mastery of the subject matter in this course is fundamental to much of the rest of the coursework you will take in the sciences. Thus, we are devoted to helping you in any way we can. In turn, we ask that you commit to a sincere effort to do your best to attain a level of knowledge that goes well past just memorizing facts; instead you should strive to understand the ideas we will be presenting. 1 Dr. Steven L. Tripp Office: SH328 Phone: Ext. 2560 E-mail: [email protected]
Objectives While at various times during this semester you may think your only objective is survival, the focus of this course will be on giving you a solid foundation of chemistry understanding on which all future science courses can be built. These are correlated with some of the World Changing Aims (WCA) found in your IWU Catalogue. • Learning to describe atoms, molecules, and ions and use known properties to predict unknown properties (WCA 1c – Competency in a Discipline) • Establishing a firm understanding of how and when atoms interact to make compounds (WCA 1c – Competency in a Discipline) • Developing the problem solving and critical thinking skills that will allow the practical application of theoretical concepts (WCA 2b – Critical Thinking) • Developing laboratory observation and manipulation skills that will be foundational for more advanced skills encountered in future courses (WCA 1c, 2b, and 2a Creativity) God has created a magnificently ordered, varied, and beautiful world, and the study of chemistry gives us a unique window into His work. “ For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through that which has been made .” [Rom. 1:20]
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