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About the Course

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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Thanks for this training general chemistery concept I requierd mor courses semiller to advance exciperiance .


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I got the general knowledge on basics of chemistry and the application on additional to the vapour liquid equilibrium and the phase changes.

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By Marc H

Jun 14, 2017

The concept development method of learning was very effective. Thank you!

By Fernando d S M

Oct 26, 2015

Very Very good, if you want to learn something just try these classes !!!


Jul 22, 2023

This course provides essential kowledge in dealing with chemistry tasks.

By Shreya B

Sep 2, 2020

This course is helpful for understanding basic concept in chemistry

By Glenn E M

May 14, 2020

Much more challenging than expected for a general chemistry course.

By Poliane m a

Sep 28, 2020

Experiência diferente e muito complexa rica em muitos detalhes.

By Jonathan L

Jan 25, 2016

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

By Stéphane H

Mar 26, 2019

Very insightful course ... very well explained and progressive

By Chen C

Sep 30, 2015

really helpful advice, completed content with acceptable depth

By yumna n

May 31, 2020

Good experience...Sir i have not received my certificate yet.

By Sidharth D

Oct 2, 2015

Excellently delivered..... High clarity and focus on concepts

By lawrence a

Apr 14, 2018

excellent course. Gives basic concepts that one must learn.

By Roshen R I

Dec 4, 2020

Truly scientific method of learning science and chemistry

By Chandrashekhar P P

Jul 15, 2020

One of the best teacher for learning Chemistry. Great.

By Christopher L

Dec 12, 2022


By Tia M T

Nov 10, 2023

It was very helpful in imparting great knowledge.

By jeffrey f

Sep 4, 2022

I love this course. Worthy of my time and effort.

By sridhar g

Aug 25, 2020

The course is very much useful and informative.

By Ukoh M E

Jun 18, 2023

very good course

but didn't get a certificate

By Jeyalakshmi K

Sep 22, 2020

Nice session to recall the basic concepts.

By Anjali W

Aug 12, 2020

Helped to review the Basics of Chemistry

By Kavita B

Aug 10, 2023

Excellent development in various skills

By Muhammad M N

Jun 14, 2023

It has revised many concepts. Thank you


Jul 22, 2020

it was a very good and educative course

By Chinedu K C

Jul 9, 2020

Amazing and very educational lectures.