Chemical discoveries, especially over the last 200 years, have transformed the human experience by changing medicine, materials, food production, clothing, electronics, birth control, and many other aspects of our everyday lives. In this class, we will examine case studies of chemical discoveries, how these have transformed society, and how they continue to impact our everyday lives. We will also consider the chemical context of these innovations and how minute changes in molecular structure can determine whether a substance is edible, poisonous, inert, explosive, oily, sticky, or stinky. Our discussions will blend analysis of the history, development strategy, chemistry, and impact of molecules in everyday life.
This course will appeal to students who are curious about the world around them and are interested in connecting concepts from high school science to materials in their everyday life. It will include lots of discussion and writing, plus a few hands-on science experiments. We will work together to develop study skills to prepare for success at IU!
Catalog Information: COLL-S 105 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN N & M