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CHEM-100 - Chemistry and Society - Rebecca Eikey

Course:Chemistry and Society
Professor:Rebecca Eikey
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Dear Student,

Welcome to CHEM 100 – Chemistry & Society! This class is an introduction to chemistry for non-science majors. It covers basic concepts in chemistry, and how to understand the role chemistry has in everyday life. It serves to fulfill a General Education requirement for the non-science major but more than that you will learn chemistry through stories that have meaning to you.

I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Rebecca Eikey (pronounced eye-key), and your instructor for this online course. I have been teaching my favorite subject, chemistry, at College of the Canyons for over 15 years. I love how science leads to a new understanding and appreciation of the natural world around us and our place in that world. In my spare time, I like to hike, to read books (both fiction and nonfiction), binge on Netflix, and to travel. My favorite books are I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang. This is a picture of me with my dog, Turbo, taken during winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

Course Description

Have you ever looked at a label on your shampoo bottle or on a package of candy and tried to figure out what it means? Why is a vegetarian diet better for the planet? What is vaping and is it dangerous for me? What are plastics, why do we use them and why are they harmful to the environment? Being able to understand the science behind medicine, nutrition, and policy decisions will enable you to make informed decisions. Being able to read graphs will allow you to decipher the relationships presented. Using the scientific method and developing scientific literacy developed in this course will help you answer these questions. (Chem 100: 3 units, UC and CSU-Transferrable; Prerequisite: Math 060 or Math 075 or higher math placement)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate the role of chemistry in the everyday world.
  • Analyze the benefits and limitations of scientific analyses by interpreting chemical data.

What to Expect in this Course

This 3-unit 100% online course is divided into weekly Canvas Modules. Expect to spend about 6-9 hours per week on the class material. We will cover about one chapter per week in this course. This includes reading, taking unit quizzes, etc., and I want you to be successful. Online courses require a high level of self-initiative, and to help you with planning your weekly work, I will have a schedule of suggested activities and dates in Canvas. One of the advantages of an 100% online class is flexibility, but I do not want that to become a barrier to your success in the course. I recommend that you log in at least three times per week to complete your work. There will be a PowerPoint/Goggle Slides presentation at the end of the semester.

Generally, for each Module you can expect to complete the following coursework:

  • Read a chapter from your textbook
  • Review PowerPoint lectures online
  • Watch online videos
  • Answer online homework
  • Participate in one to two (1-2) online discussions/group activities
  • Take an online Unit Quiz (2-3 chapters per quiz)

Types of Assessments

  • Online homework through Achieve
  • Online discussions/group activities
  • Online Unit Quiz (2-3 chapters per quiz)
  • Final Project with PowerPoint/Goggle Slides Presentation

Textbook Information

Achieve for 21st Century Chemistry (One-Term Online), Kimberley Waldron, 2019, Second Edition. Cost approx. $75 (ISBN 97813194118977).

This is available for purchase online or in the Bookstore. We will use Achieve for online homework and online quizzes. It will be integrated into Canvas for ease of use so before you purchase, please see instructions in Canvas to link your account to the course.

Information on the Final Project will be given in the syllabus as well as specific dates for homework, Unit quizzes and discussion boards.

cover image for 21st Century Chemistry by Kimberley Waldron

Other Relevant Course Information

My goal is for you to be successful in the course and to have fun learning chemistry. I set aside 3 hours each week to be available to you if you need me. Details on days/times that I will be available for Zoom meetings are in the syllabus. If you find these do not work for your schedule, do not worry, we can also schedule additional times that will. These meeting times are not required and if you prefer email/Canvas only messages, that works too!

If you are not sure an online class is right for you checkout the free Quest for Online Success self-paced class offered through the Online Education program. The Quest for Online Success self-paced class will point out technical areas needing improvement, and where to find help. The site also allows you to determine your learning strengths and weakness, and how to schedule your study time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. See you soon.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 09/15/2021 Sub#: 638