Not So Basic: Exploring The pHun World of Acids and Bases

Course Description

This course begins with an introduction to acid-base models and conjugate acid-base pairs. Together we will then discover the chemical and physical properties of acids and bases and explore common acid-base reactions. You will dive into the pH scale by investigating various methods to measure acid-base strength. You will learn how to perform acid-base titrations to calculate the concentration of unknown acids or bases and explore the fundamentals of equilibrium chemistry along with the significance of buffers in medicine and biology.

This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers. You will explore an acid/base topic of your choosing and present your findings along with your newfound expertise in the world of acids and bases!

By the end of the course, you will:
• Understand the fundamentals of acids and bases at the chemical level
• Know how to calculate pH, write dissociation reactions, and relate equilibrium to acid/base strength
• Use laboratory equipment to make pH measurements, perform titrations, explore buffer solutions, and carry out other acid-base experiments
• Develop scientific inquiry skills by researching and investigating an acid-base related project and presenting your findings at the end of the course

This course will be presented as a combination of lectures, group work, and hands-on lab activities. You will learn the material covered in college-level chemistry courses and revisited in subject areas like biology, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and medicine.


A prior chemistry experience is preferred but not required. Algebra is required.


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 18, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A and 2 afternoon class sessions per week
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Ramsey Steiner
Course Number: 10419