e begin this course by asking a simple question: What is everything made out o?That is the essential question or this course- the same question that the we all naturally ask as we look at the world around us. For a ew o you, opening yourmind to the world o chemistry may change the course o your lie, as it did or me. For all o you this course will help you to understand the world you live in.In this unit we will consider what chemistry is and what chemists do, and how chemistry is part o everyday lie. We w ill look at how the scientic method is applied in this eld, and at the end we will ocus on someo the details o one branch o chemistry: organic chemistry, which is based on the element carbon. W e’ll see what some organic molecules look like, and how they are classied. To help explore this wewill perorm ve experiments where we will try to nd out own answers by lighting things onre, assembling models, growing plants, crystallizing pure molecules, and orming multilayeredmixtures.
Palythoa sp.tentacle“Chemists are a strange class o mortals, impelled by an almost maniacalimpulse to seek their pleasures amongst smoke and vapour, soot and fames,poisons and poverty, yet amongst all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that I would rather die than change places with the King o Persia.”-- Johann Joachim Becher, Physica subterranea (1667)Everything about this course, this book, and the next 180 days we’ll spend together is based on a simple philosophy:1. People don’t learn unlessmotivated5. The brain is a muscle. Anything you learn will be orgotten i you don’t continue to use it.4. Curiosity arises throughhands-on experiences3. Motivation is sparked by curiosity 2. Once motivated, peoplecan do anything