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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

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Duration

4 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Intermediate

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Effort

5 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

This online course is free and covers a variety of topics related to chemistry. It focuses on organic chemistry, which is the study of carbon-containing compounds. You will be able to experiment in the kitchen with hands-on projects that range from extracting plant scents to testing the activity against microbes. Sixth-graders who want to learn independent skills that will help them transition to university will find this course particularly helpful.

Each week, you will be able to see how understanding the structure and shape organic compounds can help explain their properties and reactivity.

We will identify natural and synthetic attractants, understand current theories to explain the chemical structure of smell, and create a molecular model.

We will discuss the mechanism of antibiotic action, understand bacterial resistance, identify promising areas of research that could lead to smarter drugs, and examine pattern recognition in structure-activity relations.

We will describe the process of brewing, identify key flavour compounds in tea, coffee and beer, and explain the role of modern analytical techniques. Finally we will analyse spectroscopic data.

We will explore new innovations, identify modern materials that enhance performance and protect the environment, and model the structure of polymers.

The University of York is a center of excellence in chemical education. It houses Salters' Advanced Chemistry, the Science Education Department, and the A-level magazine Chemistry Review. The University of York also has a remarkable history and track record of outreach, primarily thanks to our CIEC group and The Essential Chemical Industry website.

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What You Will Learn

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Identify a range of natural and synthetic attractants

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Discuss current theories that help to explain how chemical structure is related to smell

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Describe the mode of action of antibiotics and understand bacterial resistance

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Describe promising new areas of research to design smarter drugs

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Engage with the process of brewing, and identify key flavouring compounds

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Discuss the role of modern analytical methods

Target Students

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The course is designed for anyone with an interest in chemistry (a GCSE level of science is recommended), but will be particularly useful for sixth formers to aid the transition to study science at university

Course Instructors

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Andy Parsons

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Andy Parsons is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at York. His teaching has been recognised by a Royal Society of Chemistry Teaching Award; he is a Senior Fellow of the HEA & a National Teaching Fellow

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