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SC 210: IT’S ELEMENTARY: Human Existence and the Chemical Elements

Everything we experience, including our very existence, depends on the properties of 118 kinds of substances, the chemical elements.  In this series of lectures each class will provide examples to show that what we experience in the world and how we achieve our purposes are connected to the properties of specific chemical elements. For these elements we will describe some of their properties, how they became recognized to be fundamental substances, where they occur in nature, and how their properties are linked to our experience.  Our classroom allows for only very limited demonstrations so we will make use of materials from the Internet to illustrate the elemental properties.

Thursday, May 7:  Elements for murder (and some other poisons)

Class Presentation:  Its Elementary May 7  

Thursday, May 14:  Elements for fun—for a glorious Fourth

Class Presentation: Its Elementary May 14

Thursday, May 21: Keeping in touch with the elements—what’s in your cellphone?

Class Presentation: It’s Elementary May 21

Thursday, May 28:  Keeping track of the elements—the Periodic Table

Class Presentation: It’s Elementary May 28 2015

Developers/Presenters:  John Bush and James Boire, OLLI Science Committee Members


Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom









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