CHEM 120 - First Year Seminar in Chemistry
Section: 300 From Sorcery to Science: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Development of the Scientific Method
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Chemistry (CHEM)
Department: LSA Chemistry
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Chemical transformations have been critical to humanity for as long as humans have existed. For much of history, the study of chemical transformation has been dominated by approaches that would, today, be described as magic or sorcery. We will study ancient (and modern) chemical transformation to understand how alchemy transformed into modern chemistry, and to understand how alchemy shaped ancient technology and medicine. Finally, we will explore modern “alchemists” and the role of magical thinking in some of today’s “elixirs”.

CHEM 120 - First Year Seminar in Chemistry
Schedule Listing
300 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0465072666
The periodic kingdom : a journey into the land of the chemical elements, Author: P.W. Atkins., Publisher: BasicBooks 1997
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0226458121
The structure of scientific revolutions, Author: Thomas S. Kuhn., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 4th ed. 2012
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