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Welcome to Chemistry! 
Chemistry is about matter, its properties, and how one material can change into another material.  You will learn about atoms and molecules, why some elements are stable and others are not, and why atoms bond in the way that they do.  You will also learn how the way that atoms bond together determines the chemical and physical properties of materials. You will apply what you learn to understand the world around you, from the mundane (why do your ears pop as you drive up hill?) to the vital issues of today (global warming, oil spills, nuclear power). By the end of the course, you will become a better critical thinker, problem solver, careful observer, and citizen.  You will learn through a combination of classroom activities, lecture, discussion, labs, textbook and supplementary readings, homework and perhaps occasional projects.