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Nature's Chemistry

Crystallizing Chemistry in Nature

Nature is chemistry. All matter is composed of the same building blocks - the elements. We are made from the same components as our environment, and this understanding will lead to a better appreciation of the impact that environmental health has on us, as we are all linked at the most basic, fundamental level.

After completing this module, you will be able to recognise different recyclable materials, the impact of various household and industrial practices on the environment and offer solutions to address these problems. As well, you will be able to pursue other modules to complete the requirements of the Environmental Chemistry Program.

The course will provide an introduction to the basics of matter (atoms, elements, ions, molecules, complex compounds), the states of matter (physical properties, gases, liquids, molecular bonding, crystal vs. amorphous solids), the relationship between simple forms of matter and living organisms.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to understand the connection at the chemical level between all matter and will develop your inquiry based activities to explore best practices related to organic farming, resource management and how they impact the human body, to develop your particular interests on the topic.

As the culminating activity in this course, you will select and examine real-life situations where chemistry is impacting everyday life and will have opportunities to present and discuss their projects.

Discover and master:

  • understanding the basic properties of matter
  • understanding of the connection between common atoms and complex molecules
  • explaining and analysing simple chemical reactions
  • selecting proper safety precautions when handling various chemicals
  • explaining properties of water
  • distinguishing between recyclable and non-recyclable materials
  • assessing the potential impact of chemical reactions to environment and human health

Time Commitment

8 weeks, 2.5 to 4 hours per week

Prerequisites

None

Recommended Background Knowledge:

High School level Chemistry

Diploma

By successfully completing all exercises and passing the final exam, you will be rewarded with the Blue Planet Academy Certificate of Competence.

Your Facilitator

Diana Morarescu

Diana Morarescu

Diana Morarescu is a Blue Planet Academy course author with a passion for teaching, science and social responsibility. Diana has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and over ten years experience in teaching various science and engineering courses. In the last couple of years, Diana fully embraced the idea that knowledge is power and began dedicating time to share more of her knowledge with the world. She started pursuing initiatives that bring education to the developing world and joined like-minded people with Population Services International, Curcubeul Cunoasterii - Romania, as well as Blue Planet Life.

Course fees

86 Swiss Francs = INR ~5520

During the enrollment process, you will be asked to transfer the course fee of 86 Swiss Francs. The equivalent in INR may vary on the currency exchange rates. The final amounts are charged in Swiss Francs.

Payment options

Currently only Paypal is supported during the enrollment process. Should this not be a viable option for you, you can contact us here.

The other options are either Transferwise or Wire Transfer. The wire transfer details are:

  • IBAN: CH42 0483 5147 3989 7100 0
  • BIC / SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A
  • To: Blue Planet Life Association, Seestrasse 151, 8820 W├Ądenswil
  • Bank Adress: Credit Suisse, P.O. Box 100, CH-8070 Zurich

Please make sure to add your email address and the course you would like to visit as the payment information.

Requirements

  • PC or laptop
  • Internet connection
  • Entry level: High School degree

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    ICChem
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  4. Estimated Effort

    2.5 - 4 hours per week
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