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The Chemistry of Periodic Elements

Why should I take this Trinity Elective?

his course will provide an accessible education in the chemical sciences for all. The course will cover the history of the discovery and identification of the elements that make up the modern periodic table, we will explore the elements in a literary context (through Levi’s Periodic Table), and we will dive into the modern roles of the elements and chemistry in society. The course will also introduce you to the practical aspects of the sciences through hands on experimentation, observation, analysis, and reporting. If you want to explore the central science (chemistry) and its applications, then this is the elective for you!

What will I learn?

  • A fundamental introduction to the chemical sciences for non-chemists.
  • Modern applications of chemicals (and the elements) in life and industry.
  • How to perform a chemical reaction, analyse the outcomes, and write a scientific report.

What will I do?

  • Attend interactive lectures and explore online resources to explore the history and properties of the elements, atoms, and molecules.
  • Download and explore a periodic table app to discover the elements.
  • Perform reactions and syntheses to understand the properties of chemicals and the elements.
  • Give presentations and write scientific reports on the properties/applications of the elements.

How will this be delivered?

  • 34 direct contact hours: 22 lecture hours; 8 experimental hours (2 x 2 hour experimental demonstrations, 4 hour at home experimental session); 6 tutorial hours.
  • Project/Group work (25 hours).
  • Reading of online material, online problem-solving, assessment preparation (29 hours).

How will this be assessed?

  • 2 MCQ tests (40% of overall mark), 1 group presentation (20 % of overall mark), 3 experimental reports (scientific reports, 40% of overall mark).
  • All assessments will occur during the semester ensuring students obtain feedback in a timely fashion.

Who can take this Trinity Elective?

  • Any student eligible to take a Trinity Elective can select this Trinity Elective except for the students from the following programmes: TR061 Chemical Sciences, TR062 Geography and Geoscience, TR063 Physical Sciences

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