Chemistry in the Community: Water and Atmosphere

Chemistry in the Community: Water and Atmosphere 230 2 Credits
Chemistry in the Community: Fuel and Energy 231 2 Credits



The goal of Chemistry in the Community is to help students realize the role chemistry plays in their daily lives, and to assist them in making informed decisions about issues involving chemistry, science, and technology. The course consists of a great number and variety of student activities, and emphasizes the major concepts, vocabulary, skills, and laboratory techniques expected in an introductory Chemistry course. Students will apply basic algebra skills, such as solving one-variable equations, to problem-solving, through hands-on laboratory investigations. Assessments will include tests and quizzes, laboratory reports, writing assignments, and problem-solving exercises. This course is primarily designed for students who are not planning to major in science in college. A student may elect to take either trimester of Chem Com, or both.

Chem Com: Water and Atmosphere will examine how everyday decisions can affect the quality of our air and water. Major topics will include water conservation, sources of common water contaminants, water testing and treatment, sources of common indoor and outdoor air pollutants, global warming and the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone depletion, and acid rain.

Chem Com: Fuel and Energy will provide an in-depth study of nuclear energy, petroleum and products made from petroleum, combustion of petroleum fuels, energy conservation, and alternative energy sources. We’ll then examine how the human body acts as an energy-burning “machine” by focusing on nutrition and exercise, the concept of metabolism, and the chemistry of food. Curriculum Map for Chemistry in the Community: Water and Atmosphere
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