Welcome to Chemistry 203 section AC taught by Prof. J. Walker Summer 2015, Truman College. If you are enrolled in this section please check this website frequently for announcements and new information. Section AC meets Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 3162. Class begins Wednesday June 3rd. I will hold office hours directly after class and by appointment. You may always reach me by email: email@example.com
Course Catalog Description
Topics include equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, solubility equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and descriptive topics in organic chemistry. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Chemistry 201 and in mathematics 140 or 143, or consent of department chair (CC).
Note: Chemistry 203 has an IAI code of CHM 912. 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!
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Students with Disabilities
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Textbook for Summer 2015
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 already 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.
- The Purplemath Forums Helping students gain understanding and self-confidence in algebra
- Online Graphing Calculator
- Virtual Chemistry Experiments: Chemical Kinetics
- Kinetics plots: Using this applet you can enter data and quickly test different types of plots for zero, first and second order kinetics.
- University of Cambridge: Kinetics of Chemical Reactions 51 pages of explanations on chemical kinetics.
- Simulator for half-life decay
- Simulation of Collision Orientation
- More Chemistry Animations