Chemistry is the science of matter - what matter is like, what makes up matter, what changes occur in matter, what causes those changes. It is key to almost all other sciences and a part of the this world we live in.
Our primary objective is to allow students to understand the fundamental concepts and language of chemistry, so that they can understand chemistry questions and articles. A part of importance is the concept of structure. An understanding of the shapes and motions of molecules and ions and the structure of matter in bulk, is crucial to the form of the world in which we live in. It is also of importance to know the language of chemistry: the meaning of words such as isotope, isomer, structural formula, the mole, the rate and extent of a reaction and energy.
The approach to these topics will be informal and, hopefully not intimidating. There will be occasional problems to solve. We will provide numerous illustrations and photographs to provide students with examples of different ways to view concepts.