It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of chemistry as a science, because chemistry is fundamental and central to all the other sciences. In chemistry you learn about the particles that make up all of the material we encounter on a day to day basis. This includes everything from chocolate milk (a mixture by the way and yes we’ll talk about mixtures too) to the toughened Gorilla Glass found in many cell phones.
Chemistry is a required course for anyone planning on going into the hard sciences, medicine, and engineering. Simply put, after mastering the material in this course, you will be well ahead of most college freshman intent on studying science and engineering.
This course involves a combination of lecture, reading and practice problems. Additionally, I am available to help you in the chemistry forum if and when you get stuck.
The course is split up into four parts:
1) Basics of chemistry: what is chemistry, measurement, the atom, naming compounds, stoichiometry, gases, etc.
2) Atomic and molecular structure: quantum theory, electron configurations, periodicity, bonding, etc.
3) Review of basic chemistry concepts
4) Topics that one would expect to encounter in a second semester college level chemistry course
About the instructor
Kevin Poff earned his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was the Chemistry Student of the Year at Anne Arundel Community College. Kevin works for Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center.
Kevin is a lifetime science fan and hopes to instill that same mentality with your child through his chemistry course. He lives outside of York, Pennsylvania. Kevin is very happily married and has one son and two dogs that occupy a lot of his free time.
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