Chemistry of food

Course Dates: 23/07/22 - 30/07/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
In order to remain healthy, humans require a balanced diet of carbohydrates, lipids (which include but are not limited to fats), proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Join us to learn more about the chemistry of food.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00

Course Code: HS288

Sat, day, 23 Jul - 30 Jul '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In order to remain healthy, humans require a balanced diet of carbohydrates, lipids (which include but are not limited to fats), proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. What distinguishes these different food types from one another? In this course we explore the chemical structures of the different food types, and consider how these structures determine the ways in which our bodies interact with food. We also look at the ways in which foods are processed, and consider the effects this can have upon them.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

In each of the following, we will consider the chemistry of the food type, its interaction with the body, and ways in which the food type is processed.

• Carbohydrates
• Lipids
• Proteins
• Vitamins
• Minerals
• Water
• Finding the correct balance in a diet.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Identify and distinguish between the food types in terms of their chemical structure
• Describe how each food type contributes to the maintenance of the human body
• Explain how different food types are processed and the effects this can have
• Understand what constitutes a balanced diet.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course does not have any prerequisites. However, this is a course about chemistry, so students should be aware that we will be considering diagrams depicting chemical structures and processes. These diagrams will be explained as they are introduced but necessarily they will have a mathematical aspect to them. The mathematics is very simple, involving counting of atoms usually up to no more than four, and balancing chemical equations. Nonetheless, the course may not be suitable for students who prefer not to engage with topics involving some mathematical underpinning.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work. Work outside class will be optional.

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.

Gary Retallick

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).

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