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Hours to complete

Approx. 30 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hebrew...
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 30 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hebrew...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Introduction

<p>Over the seven weeks of Introduction to Chemistry: Reactions and Ratios, you will be able to progress from a most basic knowledge of matter and energy to solving interesting real world chemical reaction stoichiometry problems. Each lesson in the course introduces some new concepts that allow you to build upon the material from previous lessons, so completing the coursework in the order that it is delivered will be most beneficial for developing a thorough understanding of synthesized information. This course is intended for students with very little background in the subject, but a strong foundation in algebra is needed to solve some of the problems. </p><p>In the first unit, the course will first introduce the basic concepts of scientific methods and measurement. Then we will talk about matter, energy, and stoichiometry. Last, we prepared several lab demonstrations by Dr. Ken Lyle. I hope that you are as excited as I am to this amazing world of chemistry! Good luck!</p><p>Prof. Canelas</p> ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 133 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Scientific Method9m
Measurement and Significant Figures Part I16m
Measurement and Significant Figures Part II13m
Matter17m
Energy Part I14m
Energy Part II14m
Intro Stoichiometry Part I - Chemical Formulas12m
Intro Stoichiometry Part II - The Mole13m
[DEMO] Dr. Ken Lyle Chemistry Demonstration6m
[DEMO] Physical Change3m
[DEMO] Chemical Change4m
Reading2 readings
Math Concept Quiz Instructions10m
Significant Figure Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Math Concept Quiz30m
Week 1 Exercises30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Matter and Energy

<p>If you are interested in significant figures in more detail, here are some <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/decimals-pre-alg/sig-figs-pre-alg/v/significant-figures" target="_blank">good videos</a> to follow on Khan Academy.</p><p>This week we will continue our explorations of matter and energy. We will discuss the sub-atomic particles that govern chemical reactions, isotopes, anions, and cations. We will learn how to name compounds, calculate formula masses, convert between grams and moles, examine periodic trends, and more! An advanced problems set is posted now; that is a longer assignment and is optional unless you would like to be eligible for the Honor’s Track. You can still earn a regular verified certificate without completing the advanced problem sets, so please be sure to keep working on the normal weekly exercises.</p>...
Reading
9 videos (Total 183 min), 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
The Structure of the Periodic Table27m
Ions and Isotopes23m
Ionic Bonds17m
Orbital Energy and Ionization Energy Part I22m
Orbital Energy and Ionization Energy Part II14m
Electronegativity and Atomic Radius23m
Introduction to Thermochemistry: Heat Capacity19m
[DEMO] Density6m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 2 Exercises24m
Advanced Problem Set46m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Compounds

<p>In this week's videos and exercises (aka quizzes), we will learn how to name compounds, calculate formula masses, convert between grams and moles, examine periodic trends, and more!</p><p>I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks of learning chemistry. Great work on watching videos, posting on the discussion forum and submitting your exercises!</p>...
Reading
7 videos (Total 99 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Oxidation States Part II - Examples13m
Naming Ionic Compound Part I13m
Naming Ionic Compound Part II12m
Covalent Bond Formation19m
Naming Molecular Compounds12m
Formula Mass9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Exercises22m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Chemical Composition and Reactions

<p>Week 4 for Introduction to Chemistry: Reactions and Ratios is about to begin! This week will be filled with introductions to chemical compositions, chemical reaction terminology, and reaction calculations.</p><p>If any of the following questions interest you, then watching this week's videos and doing some practice problems are probably a good way to get started! How much sodium is in my diet? What amount of pollutants are in drinking water? How much iron is in iron ore for steel production? These of the types of problems you will be able to address this week.</p>...
Reading
7 videos (Total 106 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Chemical Composition: Mole Ratios18m
Mass Percent9m
Empirical Formula19m
Introduction to Chemical Reaction11m
Balancing Chemical Reaction Equations15m
Chemical Reaction Calculations15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 4 Exercises18m
Advanced Problem Set40m
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Top Reviews

By DPFeb 6th 2018

Great Beginner Course. There are some parts where there will be frustration, but the forums are helpful. Any type of class involving math and science involves practice and work. Professor is great!

By PFNov 24th 2016

A very good course to review basic college chemistry, or to prepare for for taking a college course if High School chemistry was taken too long ago. Highly recommended!

Instructor

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Prof. Dorian A. Canelas

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Chemistry

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