OSHR 1649 - The "Wow and Gee Whiz" of Chemistry in Our Everyday Lives

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Sorry that you neglected science classes in high school? Pop this class to the top of your bucket list. This class will be very interactive. We’ll talk about implications of chemistry in everyday life and why it does not have to be intimidating. We’ll start with: What is an atom? A molecule? Next, it is on to states of matter, i.e., everything is either a solid, liquid or gas and what that implies.

Other topics include: The most amazing molecule in the universe - water - and why it has that distinction; chemical reactions and why some explode while other reactions take ‘forever’ to occur. We’ll talk about the law "there is no such thing as a free lunch" as it relates to energy. We’ll ask, "Is that banana really ‘organic’, and what is ‘organic’ anyway?

Finally, we'll discuss some really BIG chemical reactions, nuclear energy.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.