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Course description

Sophia’s Introduction to Chemistry course covers the basic principles of general chemistry for students not majoring in a STEM discipline. In this course, you will learn to describe chemical principles and apply them to your daily life. You’ll also learn to relate the macroscopic world (what you see) to the microscopic world where chemistry takes place. Finally, you will explore different branches of chemistry and their applications, including atmospheric chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and organic chemistry. It's recommended that you complete this course simultaneously with the accompanying Introduction to Chemistry Lab course for the best experience. Please plan ahead. While you can take as many Sophia courses as you’d like each month with your membership, you are only allowed to be active in two courses at a time. Taking this lecture course along with the lab course will occupy your two-course limit.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better. The assessments for this course may require access to the periodic table of elements, a calculator, and other equations and charts provided within the tutorial associated with those questions. An accessible version of the periodic table provided by WebElements and can be accessed at https://webelements.com/. Desmos free online scientific calculator can be found at https://www.desmos.com/scientific

Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Understand the history and context of chemical investigation, measurement, and problem-solving.<br></li><li>Describe the structures and properties of matter.<br></li><li>Predict how chemicals behave based on how their atoms bond.<br></li><li>Classify chemical reactions and quantify the chemical species involved.<br></li><li>Describe the basics of energy and its relationship to matter.<br></li><li>Explain nuclear radiation and its appropriate reactions and applications.<br></li><li>Mathematically describe the behavior of gases.<br></li><li>Distinguish the properties of and forces involved with the different states of matter.<br></li><li>Characterize the properties, concentrations, and applications of solutions.<br></li><li>Differentiate between acids and bases, their various definitions, and ways to measure each.<br></li><li>Compare the major chemical cycles and pollutants in Earth’s atmosphere.</li><li>Categorize common organic molecules and biomolecules based on their structure, function, properties, and applications.</li></ul>

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