A composite of the key areas we'll cover@ antibiotics, brewing, attraction and sport.

Welcome to Exploring Everyday Chemistry

How this all works

Each week will have a set of key themes and topics tied to the overall course learning outcomes, and we’ll learn together through videos, articles, discussion points… and activities for you to undertake at home. There will also be additional optional tasks and materials you can work through if you want to enhance your learning even further. Each week should take you roughly three to four hours to complete if you undertake all the tasks, and there is a short test at the end of every week if you want to gain validation for what you have learned.

You will get the most out of the course if you already hold a GCSE qualification in science as, over the duration of the next four weeks, we will cover some complex scientific concepts. For those coming to the course with more of a general interest in the subject, we have provided some additional support, including a Glossary - regardless of your science experience, we hope that by the conclusion of this MOOC you have a much better understanding of the key principles at work.

Using FutureLearn

If this is your first FutureLearn course (welcome aboard!) then you may find it useful to read the FAQ guide. Even if you’ve taken courses before, you may still like to read this FutureLearn blog post as a refresher, which explains in-course navigation. We also recommend reading six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to get the most out of the interactive and social learning features of this course.

Follow Professor Andrew Parsons

Professor Andy Parsons is the lead educator on this course. To see Andy’s comments in your activity feed or when using the ‘following’ filter in discussions, visit his FutureLearn profile and click “follow”. Andy is the Admissions Tutor for Chemistry at the University of York.

Andy is also supported by a team of mentors who you can also follow including Kat Ailles, Emilia Osborne and Stephen Robertson.

We would also advise that you use the social features of the platform to help personalise your own learning experience. To that end, be sure to ‘like’ the posts of other learners, and ‘follow’ those who have similar (or even contrary views) to your own. More information on these tools can be found at the Social Features component of the site.

We’d be very grateful if you could just take a few moments to complete our pre-course survey.

Let’s get started

As we start off on our four-week journey, it would seem sensible to take some time to introduce ourselves, so it would be great if you could add a comment (below) to say who you are, a little bit about yourself and your experience of Chemistry to date… and why you have decided to join us on this course! Don’t be shy in using the tools to ‘like’ the posts of others or add your comments to an existing post if something strikes a chord.

This week we’ll be hitting the ground running, looking at the fascinating world of chemical attraction… so, let’s get started! When you have finished, please Mark as complete below, and move on by pressing Next - it’s a good habit to get into as you progress through the course so you can measure your progress and work towards final statements and certificates.

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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

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