The course begins with an introduction to the nature of science and chemistry, matter and it's physical and chemical properties, units and measurement, and conversion - the heart of this transformative science. Supporting material is found in Flowers et al., chapter 1.
Links to lecture slide sets are provided below to the left. Buttons and documents to the right marked with asterisks (*) are mandatory assignments.
Futher down the page you will find links and items of interest, and resources for students that are not mandatory, but may help you with the lecture material and madatory assignments.
I'll bring copies of some materials to lecture for the first week. After that, it's up to you to print materials that you find useful.
1.1 VIDEO: 'Scientific method ...Monty Python...'
> 1.1 *Questions
1.2 VIDEO: 'What is plasma?'
> 1.2 *Questions
1.3 VIDEO: 'Chemical change'
> 1.3 *Questions
1.4 VIDEO: 'Scientific notation: introduction'
> 1.4 *Questions
1.5 VIDEO: 'Significant digits'
> 1.5 *Questions
1.6 VIDEOS: 'Unit conversion, part 1'
'Unit conversion, part 2'
> 1.6 *Questions
Lecture for Module 1: [Links to PowerPoint slide sets]
1.1: Chemistry in context
1.2: Phases & classification of matter
1.3: Physical & chemical properties
1.5: Measurements: uncertainty, accuracy & precision
1.6: Mathematical treatment of measurement results - unit conversion
> Terms to know
Links and items of interest:
> 'The scientific method is crap' (TED, Teman Cooke)
> VIDEO: 'What do Australians think chemistry is?'
> VIDEO: 'The disposal of surplus sodium, 1947'
> VIDEO: 'Is glass a liquid?' (Veritasium)
> 'University fined after students nearly die in botched caffeine study' (Golgowski, Huffington Post)
Resources for students: