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Course Description

At a minimum, a basic understanding of chemistry is needed for it offers a foundation for comprehending the inner workings of biology (how cells function and the behavior of organisms), as well as, the ecological relationships that exist between organisms and their environment.

In short, chemistry offers us a way of understanding the world in which we live.

Chemistry provides us with insights into how our bodies function; the ingredients that are contained within the foods we eat; the reason cars, planes and trains are able to run as efficiently as they do; the manner in which computers are built and operate; and the materials used to construct our homes and buildings within our communities.

Basically, chemistry is a part of almost everything we do for everything is comprised of chemical compounds. The claim that chemistry is everywhere is, thus, entirely accurate.

Chemistry encompasses a multitude of specialized sub-disciplines which have proven highly useful to chemistry as they have provided for the following: the production and testing of stronger materials, creation of pharmaceuticals to treat disease, and the study of life processes.

Believe me when I say - There's nothing nerdy about chemistry!

Despite the stereotyping of chemistry as a dry, boring area of scientific study, more and more people (both young and old) are striking out in this active and exciting field in an effort to make their own marks.

In fact, today the science of chemistry has grown to encompass a wide spectrum of divisions and sub-divisions. However, despite the diversity of specializations (physical chemistry, organic chemistry, etc.) there is a core foundation of ideas, principles and techniques that apply across the board.

In this course, you’ll gain a comfortable familiarity with these basics. Beginning with atoms and molecules (the building blocks of EVERYTHING in existence) and progressing on to the laws of conservation of matter and energy (which basically states that nothing truly disappears, it’s either transferred to another object or absorbed), you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of what chemistry is and how it can be put to work for you.

In the end, you’ll have gained new mastery that will prepare you to take in new ideas, theories and principles without risking loosing sight of chemistry’s basic tenets.

Forget about the intimidation factor of universities, professors or tying to juggle your schedule around set times and mandatory participation dates. Self-paced and self-contained, the only thing you need to bring with you to the table is an open mind (and at least a 10th grade reading level.) Fourteen lessons later, you'll have the foundation you need to build a solid interest (perhaps even solid career potential) in the field of chemistry.

You’d be amazed at the number of things that the science of chemistry encompasses:

  • Atoms and molecules
  • Matter and energy
  • Chemical bonding
  • Acids and bases
  • Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry and
  • Thermodynamics
We'll cover a total of fourteen lessons aimed at providing you with a thorough, working knowledge of the theories and principles of modern chemistry and the historical changes that the science has gone through over the centuries.
The class is designed to be completed at your own pace, and because it’s self-contained, there are no books or software programs you have to run out and invest in. By the time you’ve finished, you’ll have covered fourteen essential objectives: 
  1. What chemistry is, why it’s important, the different branches and how chemistry is both similar to and different from biology
  2. An understanding of the origins of chemistry from the 18th century on
  3. The components, properties and changes of matter and energy
  4. Atomic scale structure and interactions
  5. The added stability inherent in chemical bonding
  6. Descriptions and properties of the three states of matter
  7. The three characteristics of gasses
  8. Solutions: Different Solvents and Concentrations
  9. Acids vs. bases and the chemists who defined them
  10. The properties, composition and reactions of carbon and hydrogen
  11. Oxidation and the balance between lost and gained electrons
  12. Electricity and the chemical changes that can result
  13. Chemical reactions and reactionary conditions
  14. Plus an understanding of the movement of energy AND how energy results in movement.
By covering each of these objectives, you’ll have gained the knowledge and understanding you need to take chemistry to the next level – whether academically, intellectually or professionally. Just remember – class lessons must be completed in order. If you want to make it on to Lessons 2 or 3, you’ve first got to stick it out and complete each of the components of Lesson 1.
If you’ve been dreaming of an opportunity to gain new ground in the field of Chemistry, but you’ve been too intimidated to get signed up for a class (for whatever reasons), this is the day that all of that can change.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

The ordination of who was the true "father" of modern chemistry is a disputed point. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: How Atoms Work
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Chemical Foundations

In chemistry the accepted measurement system for mass (m) or volume (v) is the metric system, also known as the System International (SI) system. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: General Chemistry; The Periodic Table
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Stoichiometry

Stoichiometry is the field of chemistry used to determine the quantities both for the required reactants of a chemical reaction and the predicted product of said reactions. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Atomic Mass; Balance Chemical Equations
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

Most chemical reactions require a catalyst, a certain condition external to the reactants themselves that facilitates or causes the molecules to react with one another. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Chemical Reactions
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Gases

Matter in gaseous form does not have an absolute density. In order to determine the density of any volume of gas, we must first determine the pressure under which the gas is being held. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Boyle's Law; Real Gases
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Thermochemistry

There are two types of energy, potential (the amount of energy possible given a certain circumstance) and kinetic (the amount of energy being expended). 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Thermodynamics
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Atomic Structure and Periodicity

Electromagnetic radiation refers to the wavelengths on which energy travels through the Universe. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Gamma Rays
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Bonding. General Concepts

Hydrogen bonds are the bonds established between hydrogen and elements with a high level of electronegativity. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Chemical Bonds
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Valence Bond Theory

Atoms form a bond when both of these two conditions occur 1) There is an "orbital overlap" between two atoms and 2) only two electrons, both of opposite spin, are present in the overlap. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Intermolecular Forces
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Properties and Solutions

Solutions are a combination of solutes and solvents, which are not necessarily composed of the same forms of matter. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Solutions; Henry's Law Example Problem
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Chemical Kinetics

Chemical kinetics is concerned with the rates of chemical reactions. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Chemical Kinetics; The Rate Law
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Chemical Equilibrium

The first thing to understand about equilibrium in chemistry is that it is a dynamic state. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Chemical Equilibrium; Acid Based Titration
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy

Spontaneous processes occur without outside intervention. Some of these occur very quickly, such as combustion, whereas others like the formation of diamonds occur very slowly over millions if not billions of years. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Electrochemistry; Corrosion
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14. The Nucleus, A Chemist's View

The nucleus of an atom is not always stable. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Nuclear Stability
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15. Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry

Many transition metals commonly form more than one form of oxidized compound depending on the conditions of formation. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Transition Metals
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16. Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is the study of carbon based chemistry in the realm of living things. 81 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define atoms, molecules, and ions.
  • Describe chemical foundations and stoichiometry.
  • Identify gases and thermochemistry.
  • Describe atomic structure and periodicity.
  • Describe bonding and the Valence Bond Theory.
  • Summarize properties and solutions.
  • Describe chemical equilibrium.
  • Summarize spontaneity, entropy, and free energy.
  • Summarize the nucleus, a chemist's view.
  • Summarize transition metals and coordination chemistry.
  • Summarize organic chemistry, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Chemistry 101
Course Number: 8900109
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Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,134 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 2.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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