Welcome to Chemistry 201 section FGH taught by Prof. J. Walker Spring 2015, Truman College. If you are enrolled in this section please check the website frequently for announcements and new information. Section FGH meets in Room 3833 Tuesday and in Room 3831 Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Class begins Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. You may always reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemistry 201 - General Chemistry I Course Catalog Description
Topics include the periodic table of the elements, atomic structure, basic concepts of quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry of compounds and reactions, thermochemistry, the gaseous state, basic concepts of the liquid and solid states, solutions, acids and bases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisite: Eligibility for Mathematics 140 or higher and either Grade of C or better in Chemistry 121 or one year of high school chemistry, or consent of department chair.
4 lecture and 4 lab hours per week in a 16 week semester. 5 credit hours
Students may take this course to meet concentration or elective requirements for an Associate Degree, to fulfill requirements for a career occupational degree, or to prepare for other careers in the physical sciences or healthcare professions.
Note: Chemistry 201 has an IAI code of CHM 911. You can learn more about IAI by visiting iTransfer.
Prof J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3826B (Inside the Physical Science and Mathematics Departmental Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698
Office Hours: M-Th: 1:00 to 2:00
I've been teaching at Truman College in Uptown, Chicago since 1982. Around the year 2000 I spent six years in administration, a valuable experience but ultimately not the path I wanted to follow. During the time that I was in administration I continued to teach courses in web development. I then returned to my first love - physical sciences.
I have a Master's Degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I am self-taught in programming and web development. I speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and some German. I am working on learning Arabic. My interests include: Chemistry, Cooking, Education, Foreign Languages, Physical Sciences (all of them!) Urban Gardening and Web Development (Visual Display of Information).
My experience has taught me that the ways students learn best depend on many factors. It is my opinion that a teacher must find the best approach for each individual. I've found that a high-tech, high-touch approach is very effective. Various technologies are a great tools for learning but virtual reality is no substitute for tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves or experience the world through the visceral senses of smell and touch. My approach requires laboratory notebooks or journals in my classes. I love to involve students in classroom demonstrations. I think laboratory work is extremely important in science. What I recommend for every student is to remember what it felt like to have the curiosity of a child - and find that curiosity again! The world is truly amazing.
I believe we are reaching a very important crossroads in the evolution of our species and a knowledge of the physical sciences will be essential. We face serious challenges that are global in scope. We must learn to work together as humans for the greater good of our planet and humankind. What could be more important than understanding the nature of matter itself - what we all clearly have in common!
Textbook for Fall 2014
Chemistry: A Molecular Approach 3rd Ed.
by Nivaldo J. Tro
Any General Chemistry Textbook may be sufficient. Please do not purchase a second General Chemistry textbook. Bring the book you have to class the first day and I will help you decide if you can use it.
All laboratories will be available to download from this website. There is no laboratory textbook to purchase.
No specific brand is required but the pages MUST BE BOUND. Examples will be shown in class. Spiral notebooks may NOT be used.
You will need a scientific calculator (includes log and trig functions) and should bring it with you to class.
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- ChemTours: Interactive media with voice over
- Chemical Reactions: Qualitative Analysis of Silver, Mercury(I) and Lead
- Chemical Reactions: The Case of the Five Droppers
- Redox: Oxidation States
- Gases: Simulation of Ideal Gas Behavior - Java Applet
- Thermodynamics: The Coffee Cup Calorimeter
- Quantum Theory: Simulation of Black Body Radiation
- Quantum Theory: Simulation of the Photoelectric Effect
- Quantum Theory: Schrödinger's Cat - Video
- Quantum Theory: Schrödinger's Cat - Wikipedia
- Quantum Theory: Atomic Emission and Absorption Spectra
- Molecular Structure: 3D Interactive Molecular Visualization of Symmetry Elements and Operations
- Solutions: Concentration Conversions
- Course Practice & Review: Animations
- Course Practice & Review: Chemistry Drills
- Course Practice & Review: Chemistry Study (Flash) Cards