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General Chemistry I

by The Saylor Foundation

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course is one of nearly 100 college-level, online courses created by Saylor Academy and available through your web browser on any device. Every Saylor Academy course offers a free certificate of completion and many courses connect to flexible and affordable college credit. Discover Saylor Academy’s full catalog here.

Purpose of Course
This chemistry survey is designed to introduce students to the world of chemistry.  The principles of chemistry were first identified, studied, and applied by ancient Egyptians in order to extract metal from ores, make alcoholic beverages, glaze pottery, turn fat into soap, and much more.  What began as a quest to build better weapons or create potions capable of ensuring everlasting life has since become the foundation of modern science.  Take a look around you: chemistry makes up almost everything you touch, see, and feel, from the shampoo you used this morning to the plastic container that holds your lunch.  In this course, we will study chemistry from the ground up, learning the basics of the atom and its behavior.  We will use this knowledge to understand the chemical properties of matter and the changes and reactions that take place in all types of matter.

Customer Reviews

Content is great but usability is poor

The information was very inclusive, neither veering between too dumbed down and too specialized. I feel it is fully competitive with most chemistry college textbooks.I would have given it a 5 for content alone, but the packaging on this iTunes publishing has major problems. The lisiting is difficult to navigate and organize, due to lack of numbering in the titles. The major problem I have with this, though, is that no one bothered to modify the pdf properties, so once you put it on a mobile device, good luck in trying to find the chapter you want to read, because the titles are not usable. Having to spend several hours modifying the files so they are actually usable is almost standard for amateur, self-published ebooks, but doesn't reflect well on an established company publishing through another established professional company. The Saylor site itself is amazing, if the content styling is very dated. Keeping the links from the original html textbook would have made this stand out from other e-textbooks. After using the html textbooks, I missed those in the pdf, and having the option would be nice. In short: 5 for content and 2 for usability and packaging.

General Chemistry I
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