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Even if chemistry tormented you in high school or college, you can master its principles! In this course, you'll gain a solid foundation in the basics of chemistry. Along the way, you'll learn how everything that goes on in your body depends on a chemical reaction. This course also prepares you for a health-related career or for success in a college chemistry course.
The course begins with a discussion of matter and energy. You'll learn about the particles that make up matter and the different states matter can take. You'll also discover the differences between potential and kinetic energy, examine different ways to measure energy, and explore endothermic and exothermic reactions.
Once you've mastered these basics, you'll move on to the study of the atom and its subatomic particles. You'll learn about ions and isotopes, and their very important uses in medicine. As you study the periodic table of elements, you'll grasp why atoms combine with each other, why some chemical bonds are strong and some are weak, and what they have in common with romantic relationships.
In the lessons that follow, you'll learn more about chemical reactions and see how to interpret and balance chemical equations. You'll find out why chemicals react with each other and what can be done to speed those reactions. You'll also master stoichiometric calculations—a powerful way to figure out the relationship between the chemicals you start out with in a reaction and what you'll end up with.
The course concludes with a discussion of solutions, inorganic molecules, and organic molecules. You'll study the differences between solutes and solvents; unsaturated and saturated solutions; and acids, bases, and salts; and examine the four types of bioorganic molecules in your body.
Along the way, you'll gain interesting insights about your body's use of food, the role of isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, nutritional deficiencies, the importance of enzymes, and the function of many specific chemicals in your body.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
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Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also completed an additional 15 credit hours in education at the doctoral level. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Holly transitioned into teaching. She taught math and science to sixth-graders for several years at a private school, and also worked as a private tutor for children with learning disabilities. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups, from school-age children to adults, and she now works as an adjunct professor, teaching college-level anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from her college and is the author of the eBook, College Success Now! as well as several ed2go courses.
I enjoyed the class. I love biology, so I enjoyed the medical references. It was more fun than my high school course!
Thank you, Holly! This course has helped me tremendously, and I now feel more confident in my chemistry knowledge. I now feel more prepared for a college chemistry course, and I have you to thank!
The instructor presented her lecture in a very easy to understand format. I liked how she tied the lecture into everyday life. It made it even more easy to understand, and the information sticks with me.
One of the truly outstanding aspects of this course is the inclusion of many examples of where and how chemistry affects our biologic lives.
I loved this course. It is a great review for college chemistry. Thank you, Ms. Holly Trimble!
I've mentioned several times what a good writer you are. All the lessons were packed full of information, yet written clearly and interestingly. I know from experience what a challenging task that is....I have really enjoyed this course. I loved how you always included at least one chapter on how the topic of that lesson affects the human body. Also, the assignments were fun!
I really enjoyed the course, and I hope to take another course with you again someday. You did a good job of giving me the edge I need for later on in my Chemistry studies. Thanks.
This is the first online course I have ever taken and I really learned a lot. I think it will help me get through the organic chemistry class that I am taking in the spring. Thank you for teaching me the basics about chemistry. The last time I took a chemistry class was in high school over 26 years ago, and this was a good refresher course.
Excellent course! Exactly the overview and type of content that I needed to better understand chemistry. The instructor was professional and helpful, and the exercises were at the right level for even the non-chemist to understand. Thank you!
This course has certainly created a good foundation as I start my new career in healthcare. Holly has a way of explaining and simplifying topics to make it easy, especially for someone like myself who has no background in chemistry. Thank you, Holly!
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