Chemistry 104, “From Caveman to Chemist” is a course exploring landmark technologies on the road to modern industrial civilization. We will begin by learning to make fire and stone tools and progress up through plastics and pharmaceuticals. Your grade in the course will be determined by the number of technologies which you master. Although this is not a lab course, it is very much a course about doing things. You will not only read about these landmark technologies, you will be expected to make things like paper and metals and batteries from scratch. By the time you have completed the course, you will have an intimate knowledge of most of the top 25 chemicals used in modern industry.
The textbook for the course, Caveman Chemistry, is available from the Chemistry stockroom for $30. It is also available online through the first link in the navigation bar for this page.