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Chemistry for Non-Chemists: The Basics, Language, and Function of Chemistry

This course is designed to give non chemists (and chemists in need of review) an understanding of basic and fundamental chemical principles. The essential, overarching themes of chemistry will be explored through the use of modern contextual examples.

About the Course

Become  empowered with the essential knowledge to be able to effectively communicate and think like a chemist. No longer will you cringe when you hear the word chemistry, or when someone says, “everything is chemistry”!

This course provides you with a unique set of activities to transform your application of scientific principles in your everyday interactions at home for healthy living and in the workplace for informed decision-making.

  • Classification of Matter
  • Separation of a Mixture
  • The Periodic Table
  • Atomic Structure
  • Properties of Chemical Bonds
  • Types of Chemical Bonds
  • Chemical Analysis: Spectroscopy & Analytical Techniques
  • Radioactivity & Dating
  • Molecular Shapes
  • Polarity
  • Organic & Polymer Chemistry
  • Safe Handling, Use, and Storage

What You Will Learn

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what you see (macroscopic)with chemical language (microscopic & sub-microscopic)
  • Design ways you can separate a mixture into its components by manipulating physical and chemical properties
  • Use the Periodic Table to support decision-making
  • Differentiate between chemical elements using subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons)
  • Identify an unlabeled chemical using its chemical & physical properties
  • Explain how types of chemical bonds governs behavior of a compound
  • Identify elements and chemicals using “light”
  • Utilize practical applications of radiation/radioactivity
  • Connect molecular shape to function or use
  • Rationalize physical phenomena using polarity
  • Justify properties of polymers using organic chemistry
  • Analyze MSDS/SDS to make informed decisions

Who Should Attend

Anyone that serves in a predominantly chemistry-driven work environment, but lacks a degree in chemistry or wants to improve his/her ability to communicate and think like a chemist in his/her workplace.

Course Outline

  • Major Topics

    Module 1: Classifying Matter / Separation of a Mixture

    Module 2: The Periodic Table / Atomic Structure

    Module 3: Properties of Bonds / Forming Chemical Bonds

    Module 4: Chemical Identity: Spectroscopy / Radioactivity & Dating

    Module 5: Molecular Shape / Polarity

    Module 6: Organic & Polymer Chemistry / Safe Handling, Use & Storage

Dates, Locations, and Prices

Five for four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. 

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Early Bird Member $1695 Non-Member $1895
Standard $1895 $2095
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