Pathway 2: Chapter 1

    1. Read Chapter 1: About Science [Conceptual Chemistry – 5th edition]


     2.  View the Modified Power Point for Chapter 1 under Blackboard’s Course Content


      During Spring Term 2017, John Suchocki did a major modification to chapter 1. New videos have been add as indicated below.


      The new videos are not embedded into Path 1. Path 1 students may take path 2 or path 3 video quizzes for extra credit for those videos not included in Mastering Chemistry.


      Path 2 students during your viewing of Chapter 1 Power Point watch the online videos for Chapter 1 as directed (most of the following links are also in the power point):

Chapter 1: About Science with John Suchocki

1.1  Science Is a Way of Understanding the Natural World
How to Succeed In a Science Course (New Video)

        Video #CO101Na (6:47 minutes):

       Take Video Quiz 1.1 in Blackboard’s Course Content (2 points) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)


1.2 The Discovery of the Buckyball (Section 1.2 Needs a New Title: Maybe: The Scientific Approach)
       a. New Video: The Scientific Approach
       Video CO102Na(4:19 Minutes)
      b. 2nd Video:
Instruction to Kai and Maile (Tune Your Senses)

        Video #CO102a (2:33 minutes)
           Mobile/Cell Phone Link:
          Old Video:
On the Road with Kai and Maile
Mobile/Cell Phone Link:
Take Video Quiz 1.2 in Blackboard’s Course Content  (2 points) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)


1.3 Technology Is Applied Science
New Video: Science and Technology

       Video: CO103Na  (3:35 Minutes)

       Take Video Quiz 1.3 in Blackboard’s Course Content (1 point) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)


1.4 We Are Still Learning About the  Natural World (two videos)
a. New Video: Skepticism and Denialism

          Video: CO 104Na (5:31 Minutes)
New Video: Fact, Hypothesis, Law, and Theory
Video: CO 104Nb (4:04 Minutes)

      c. Old Video:  Science is the Way to Understand the Universe  
#CO104a (13:21 Minutes):
         Mobile/Cell Phone Link:

Take Video Quiz 1.4 in Blackboard’s Course Content (2.5 points) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)





1.5 Chemistry Is Integral to Our Lives  (two videos)
a.  Chemistry is the Study of Matter
       Video 101a
(2:27 Minutes)
       Mobile/Cell Phone link:
Journey to the ACS Meeting
          Video #CO105a (5:26 minutes)
          Mobile/Cell Phone Link:  
Take Video Quiz 1.5 in Blackboard’s Course Content (1.5 points) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)


1.6 Scientists Measure Physical Quantities (Four Videos on page)

     a.  Scientific Notation (Appendix A)
           Video #CO106b (7:31 Minutes);
Mobile/Cell Phone Link:

         b.  Accuracy and Precision: Scientific Figures (Appendix B)
           Video #CO106c (8:04 Minutes)

           Mobile/Cell Phone Link:

     c.  Unit Conversion (Introduction to Dimensional Analysis)
          Video # CO106a (5:26 Minutes)

          Mobile/Cell Phone Link:

         Web Site: Dimensional Analysis(Many worked examples)

      d. New Video: Metric Prefixes
          Video # CO106Nd3  (7:10 minutes)
Mobile/Cell Phone Link:

 Take Video Quiz 1.6 in Blackboard’s Course Content (3 points) (unlimited attempts)
                                        or Conceptual Academy (1.5 points) (one attempt)


       3. Complete Online exams/tests under Blackboard’s Course Content ~29 points

          a.       Video/Reading Quizzes 6:  (2+2+1+2.5+ 1.5+ 3) totaling  12 points (includes bonus)

          b.      Chapter 1 Multiple Choice Exams 2 (10+3) total 13 points
18 questions worth 10 point total. Chapter 1 Measurement Questions:
               Part A: Significant Figures
               Part B: Math with Significant Figures
               Part C. Scientific Notation
               Part D. Metric System & Metric Prefixes
               Part E. Metric system Equivalences
               Part F. Unit Analysis/Dimensional Analysis

                      6 Questions covering the Scientific Method;  total 3 points

                      Part S: Scientific Method

          c.       Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz (Fill-in-the-Blank) 11 words total 4 points


.     4.   During your study of Chapter 1, please review the required Project #1:
The Scientific Method
Objective Quantative Reason Form      
Quantative Reason Grading Rubric
Andromeda Strain Movie Notes    


5.       During the study of Chapter 1 Section 1.6 (Measurement) begin the second required project #2:
Measurement via Gasoline Project
       a. Gasoline Demand Project Directions    Download WORD .doc file: Project2GasolineDemandProject.doc
       b. Gasoline Demand Project Projections    Download WORD .doc file: Project2GasolineDemandProjections.doc
       c. Throw Away Car Philosophy          Download WORD .doc file: Project2MyThrowAwayCar.doc
       d. Sample Gasoline Project Data Presentation     Download WORD .doc file:  SampleGasolineProjectDataPresentation.doc
       e. Professor Taylor's Gasoline Project Raw Data Collection (without calculations or presentation)


6.   (optional) Before many of you were born and before everyone had access to the Internet PBS made a television series to teach chemistry with 26 videos, each 28:30 minutes (1989). In the 1990s students took this CHM 1020 course using a textbook title “the World of Chemistry”. Watched these films on the FCCJ cable channel and, then had to go to campus to take a couple of exams during the term.


    This was the first good attempt at self study for a distant learner. Of course, the distant learner could rent the videos (about $100 1990s dollars) or buy the series ($400 1990s dollars) or go to campus to watch these films in the library on VHS tape (before DVDs).  I purchased the series so that I could show about 8 of the broadcasts while teaching traditional on campus classes. I still sometime show some of the films (transferred to DVD) in class on campus


     PBS and the Annenberg Corporation spent three million 1980s dollars to make these films. About 2010 PBS release the films on the Internet. They are great films. The chemistry has not changed. Of course, the styles were 1980s, the technology was 1980s, and no one had the modern Internet. 

 Go to

PBS World of Chemistry Video
Watch Episodes (all 26 video links are on this web page):
#1: The World Of Chemistry
#2: Color
#3: Measurement


John Suchocki created over 150 videos without the help of Pierson Publishing to teach the distant learner with his first four editions of Conceptual Chemistry. He spent ten years making these films.


You had to buy the book to use the videos.


It wasn’t until late 2014 and the 5th edition that his videos were released to all my students and me free to view on the Internet via Conceptual Academy links.


John only released 39 of his plus 180 videos for Pierson to use with the textbook in their Mastering Chemistry Program (Path #1). I have embedded most of the remaining plus 100 videos into the 17 chapters mastering assignments.


For our students beginning in the Fall 2016, if you purchase a used 4th or 5th edition, rent a 5th edition, or buy the paperback new or used 5th edition, Pathway 3 is free for you to complete the course content.


This self study course is based on all 15 chapters of video that have been completed. 

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