In this introductory course, you’ll learn the Chemistry Foundations and impact of Energy on a molecular and a global scale. This course engages the scientific principles with the global context of advancing technology in energy, climate, and pathways to the future.
About this course
What technical forces are shaping the modern world? Revolutionary developments in the union of chemistry and physics hold the key to solving unprecedented global problems; however, understanding the central role that chemistry and technical forces play in addressing these problems and shaping our modern world requires a grasp of fundamental concepts of energy and energy transformations.
Physical sciences are fundamental to an understanding of worldwide energy sources and constraints, energy forecasts, the technology connecting energy and climate, and the role of modern materials science. In this course, you will study industrial advances in solar cells, energy storage, and molecular imaging, and how international policies related to these innovations. You’ll learn the role of energy in climate change and exactly how irreversible global climate change causes sea levels to rise, storms to become more powerful, and how large scale shifts in the climate structure trigger water and food shortages, as well as how technology advances to address these global issues.
PS11.1x: University Chemistry: Molecular Foundations and Global Frontiers is Part 1 of what will be a two-part course. Part 1 of this course will teach you the foundational principles of chemistry and energy: thermodynamics, entropy, free energy, equilibria, acid-base reactions, and electrochemistry. Instead of learning about these concepts in the abstract, case studies will be used to develop quantitative reasoning and to directly link these principles to current global strategies.
There is also an optional textbook available for purchase as a supplement to the course.
What you will learn from this Chemistry Foundations course?
- The fundamentals of chemistry, energy, and other elemental forces shaping the modern world.
- The evolution of chemistry’s role in addressing global challenges.
- Core concepts of energy and energy transformations, including thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid/base and redox reactivity, and electrochemistry.
- How to break down global problems to solve them more efficiently.
- The importance of thermodynamics to the future of science.
- High-school algebra required; some familiarity with basic calculus is helpful but not required.
Syllabus for the University level Chemistry Foundations Course:
1. Welcome to PS11.1x!
2. Chapter 1.1: Energy Lecture 1
3. Chapter 1.2: Energy Lecture 2
4. Chapter 1.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
5. Chapter 2.1: Atomic and Molecular Structure Lecture 1
6. Chapter 2.2: Atomic and Molecular Structure Lecture 2
7. Chapter 2.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
8. Chapter 3.1: Thermochemistry: Development of the First Law of Thermodynamics Lecture 1
9. Chapter 3.2: Thermochemistry: Development of the First Law of Thermodynamics Lecture 2
10. Chapter 3.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
11. Chapter 4.1: Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics Lecture 1
12. Chapter 4.2: Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics Lecture 2
13. Chapter 4.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
14. Chapter 5.1: Equilibria and free energy, Lecture 1
15. Chapter 5.2: Equilibria and free energy, Lecture 2
16. Chapter 5.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
17. Chapter 6.1: Equilibria in Solution, Lecture 1
18. Chapter 6.2: Equilibria in Solution, Lecture 2
19. Chapter 6.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
20. Chapter 7.1: Electrochemistry, Lecture 1
21. Chapter 7.2: Electrochemistry, Lecture 2
22. Chapter 7.3: Case Studies and 50 Questions
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