Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Ch 110 General Chemistry

Textbooks for Fall 2020:

Purchase General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications, 11th edition ONLY, by Petrucci, Herring, Madura and Bissonnette (Pearson, 2017).  You do not need to purchase "Mastering Chemistry."

Our introductory chemistry course is an accelerated treatment of approximately 2/3 of the topics covered in a typical yearlong freshman chemistry sequence. The course is team-taught by full-time and adjunct faculty.

Ch 110 uses a "crit model" for instruction. In this model, students solve problems individually or in groups, and come together during the wekly recitation period for "crit" sessions where they choose which problems to discuss and then collectively review and critique one another's work. This model is heavily used by Cooper Union's School of Art. Students obtain differential benefits from learning a variety of problem-solving techniques from one another, with faculty guidance and correction, and learn the importance of steady attention to homework. They also learn to rely on one another and begin to build themselves into a learning community.