Chemistry from alpha carbon to zymurgy
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HS288
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course, we will explore the basic concepts of chemistry to provide a foundational understanding of all of the most important areas. We will examine the following:
- the Periodic Table, how the structure and arrangement of the table reflects the underlying atomic structure of the chemical elements
- the relation between atomic structure and the formation of chemical bonds which allow molecules to be built out of atoms
- the two main types of chemical bonds, ionic and covalent, how both function and their importance to biological systems like ourselves
- oxidation and reduction reactions
- acids and bases, and the concomitant properties of acidity and alkalinity
- ions and salts, and the role of salts in buffers
- organic and inorganic chemistry, the differences between these and the content of each
- carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids as understood in the context of organic chemistry
- the impact of chemistry upon humans and the environment.
What will we cover?
• The periodic table and the atomic structure of elements
• The two main types of chemical bonds, ionic and covalent
• Basic properties and reactions of chemicals: acidity and alkalinity, oxidation and reduction
• Organic and inorganic chemistry
• The chemical structure of life and the foods which sustain it
• The impact of chemistry upon humans and the environment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• state and explain how the periodic table reflects the underlying structure of the elements
• describe the different ways in which atoms can bond together to form molecules
• describe the difference between acidic and alkaline compounds
• explain the processes of oxidation and reduction
• describe the differences between organic and inorganic chemistry
• describe the chemical structure of various organic compounds, including DNA
• explain the impact of chemistry upon humans and the environment.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of chemistry is required. However an enthusiasm for learning and an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lecture - all information will be supplied via Powerpoint slides and notes which will be distributed online.
Students should be prepared to contribute to class discussion and group work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. If you wish to take notes you will find it useful to have pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please explore the section on science and nature courses on our website.
Other courses taught by Gary Retallick include HS181 The Physics of Time on 17/06-24/06/23.
Dr. Gary Retallick got his Phd in Physics at Kings college in London in 2006. His dissertation explored the physics of time, touching upon relativity, field equations, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and metaphysics. Followng a stint within the world of teaching philosophy, Gary now teaches physics and mathematics at both Birkbeck College and the Open University alongside running several physics, chemistry and maths courses at City Lit (incl. Cornish).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.