A chemistry course developed for non-science majors has been taught at Virginia Commonwealth University for the past ﬁve years. CHEM 112 uses current event articles from science magazines to make use of a verbal channel of learning in non-science majors, but some mathematics is necessary. Examples are given of successful presentation of nuclear chemistry and data needed for a balanced discussion of global warming. Manipulation of symbols in balancing chemical and nuclear reactions, simple algebra, and logarithms for pH and unit analysis of simple stoichiometric conversions are fundamental to basic chemistry. The population of a voting democracy could beneﬁt from basic education in the concepts of logarithms and algebra in one variable in order to function in a society of increasing dependence on technology.
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Shillady, D. D.
"Mathematics for Non-Science Majors Chemistry Course,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 5
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol5/iss1/13