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Chemical attraction

Class gives taste of chemistry at a less intensive pace
Matt Laguardia | Staff Writer
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Kendall Travis (right) got into the Chemistry 330 labs with professor Dr. Maria Alviar-Agnew left), who shows them an experiment.

Interested in learning how to make soap? Or devising a test for steroids testing? Maybe you want to know more about chemistry and its practical applications?

If any of the above were answered yes, then Chemistry 330 includes all this and more. Chemistry 330 or Adventures in Chemistry is a new laboratory class on campus providing non-science majors the opportunity to learn the basic principles of chemistry, while exploring experiments such as soap making and aspirin production.

The course allows students to participate in chemistry at a slower pace compared to that of Chemistry 300 while still meeting the requirements for earning an associate’s degree.

“Chemistry 330 is intended to clear up misconceptions in chemistry,” says chemistry professor Maria Alviar-Agnew. “For example, who really knows what all those chemical compounds on prescription bottles really mean? Also this class will show students the dynamics in chemistry from making soap, to the use of vegetable oil as power, to knowing how to find an arsonist.”

Alviar-Agnew says Chemistry 330 deals with easier math and goes at a slower pace than chemistry 300.
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“I’m happy there is little math,” says student Jessica Esparza. “The only math involved with Chemistry 330 is simple conversions and addition.”

With steroids becoming more popular in athletes, Alviar-Agnew feels that it is beneficial for students to learn about it and its effects on people.

Adding in new aspects of chemistry that haven’t been used before, the class teaches how students can test for steroids in athletes, along with teaching students how steroids affect their bodies. Later on in the course there will be a laboratory activity of where students devise a test for determining whether students are ingesting steroids or not.

Along with a lecture dedicated on steroids and their effects on the human body, students will learn about the benefits of proper nutrition.

Alviar-Agnew adds that students will also learn about the calories they consume and what chemicals they are composed of. They will also gain an understanding of those long chemical names on the nutrition label.

“I’m excited to learn about food chemistry and learn about calories,” says student Irene Leng.

This is four-unit class and meets chemistry prerequisite for transfer and an associate’s degree. For more information contact Maria Alviar-Agnew at [email protected].

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