Introduction to Chemistry

This introductory course is for students with limited or no background in chemistry; chemical problem solving is emphasized. The goal of the course is to prepare students for further study in the chemistry needed for many science, health, and policy professions. Topics include introductions to atoms, molecules, ions, the periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, bonding, thermochemistry, and gas laws.


  • Recorded chemistry experiments in Duke lab to demonstrate concepts.
  • Conducting a Gates-funded study to analyze peer-to-peer interactions in her MOOC (with Denise Comer).
  • Using online course videos to develop a hybrid version of Duke on-campus course; with funding from the Duke Endowment, will compare hybrid and traditional sections of the course.
  • Studying student learning in introductory-level MOOCs (with Mine Çetinkaya Rundel).

Media & Publications:



  • Chemistry

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Launch Date:

  • January 2014