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General Chemistry

Concept Development and Application

This course will cover the topics of a full year, two semester General Chemistry course. We will use a free on-line textbook, Concept Development Studies in Chemistry, available via Rice’s Connexions project. The fundamental concepts in the course will be introduced via the Concept Development Approach developed at Rice University. In this approach, we will develop the concepts you need to know from experimental observations and scientific reasoning rather than simply telling you the concepts and then asking you to simply memorize or apply them. So why use this approach? One reason is that most of us are inductive learners, meaning that we like to make specific observations and then generalize from there. Many of the most significant concepts in Chemistry are counter-intuitive. When we see where those concepts come from, we can more readily accept them, explain them, and apply them. A second reason is that scientific reasoning in general and Chemistry reasoning in particular are inductive processes. This Concept Development approach illustrates those reasoning processes. A third reason is that this is simply more interesting! The structure and reactions of matter are fascinating puzzles to be solved by observation and reasoning. It is more fun intellectually when we can solve those puzzles together, rather than simply have the answers to the riddles revealed at the outset. Recommended Background: The class can be taken by someone with no prior experience in chemistry. However, some prior familiarity with the basics of chemistry is desirable as we will cover some elements only briefly. For example, a prior high school chemistry class would be helpful. Suggested Readings: Readings will be assigned from the on-line textbook “Concept Development Studies in Chemistry”, available via Rice’s Connexions project. In addition, we will suggest readings from any of the standard textbooks in General Chemistry. A particularly good free on-line resource is Dickerson, Gray, and Haight, "Chemical Principles, 3rd Edition". Links to these two texts will be available in the Introduction module.

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Rating 4.5 based on 55 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Starts Aug 19 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor John Steven Hutchinson
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Language English
Subjects Science Engineering
Tags Chemistry Physical Science And Engineering

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concept development in 5 reviews

A quite effective way of teaching chemistry The concept development method of learning was very effective.

I really enjoyed the Concept Development approach to the material.

The concept development approach is a much better way to learn!

maybe just a section for practice or somethin good G I took this class as a chemistry review for my MCAT and really liked the concept development approach.

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Good Teacher, good Metodology, recomendated 100% Thank you all Great course!!

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Although I have studied chemistry in Hungary, but from this point of view of chemistry teaching was interesting.

I am taking the course for the challenge of learning something new as I have not studied chemistry since my first year of college in 1958.

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I learned a lot from the course, and truly appreciate Professor Hutchinson's (and Rice's) generosity in having delivered it.

Professor Hutchinson's presentation of chemistry made the learning experience valuable and enjoyable.

I look forward to any future courses offered by Professor Hutchinson and Rice University.

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Rating 4.5 based on 55 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Starts Aug 19 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor John Steven Hutchinson
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering
Tags Chemistry Physical Science And Engineering

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