Acid/Base Chemistry: From Food to Everyday Phenomena

Course Description

We will begin with a brief chemistry fundamentals crash course, followed by a discussion of the early history of acids and bases. We will then move into Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis acid/base theories. Relevant, real-world examples will be included to contextualize the impact and necessity of acids and bases. Lectures, assignments, and suggested reading or viewing material will facilitate student acquisition of acid/base concepts.

Assignments will cover concepts of pH, dissociation constants, and interpretation of common visuals (images, figures, etc…) related to acids and bases, preparing students for upcoming college coursework. Through course materials, you will be introduced to the uses and implementation of laboratory equipment, such as pH meters, UV-vis spectrophotometers and volumetric pipets. Additionally, conceptual questions that probe the complexity of real-world challenges with acid/base reactions will be incorporated to motivate active student learning. Collectively, these tasks will help you see acids and bases from the perspective of a chemist, aiding in future chemistry pursuits.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Explain and identify common acids and bases
• Calculate properties of an acid/base system (pH, dissociation constants, etc.)
• Understand the impact of acid/base reactions on our environment
• Critically consider problems from a chemical perspective, in preparation for future studies in chemistry or related fields

Simultaneously, you may also strengthen your English academic communication skills by focusing on listening, reading, speaking and writing within a chemistry-focused context.


Prior general or introductory chemistry or biology courses will allow for easier assimilation of course material, but is not required as material will be paired with extra resources to support understanding. Algebra is highly recommended.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 25, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Leonard Sprague
Course Number: 10391