Summary

When it comes to science, an inquisitive mind is the foundation of success. This is especially true on the Immerse Chemistry programme, where participants will need to evaluate complex processes, make informed predictions and test their hypotheses with experiments that not only yield exciting results, but also satisfy their curiosity. Along with a passion for investigation comes a desire to see the results of one’s work applied in the real world. On this programme, students will spend two weeks learning how to make practical use of important theory.

This programme provides the perfect taste of university life for students who are passionate about chemistry, but want to see what their future academic or professional career may actually look like. Delivered through lectures, hands-on labs, and in-class debate, the curriculum will introduce participants to a range of university-level organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. Each lesson has been carefully designed by expert tutors to build on secondary school material, both consolidating previous knowledge and preparing students for more advanced concepts.

After two weeks living on-campus and studying with their peers, participants will return home with a much better understanding of the challenges involved in studying chemistry at university level. They’ll have covered challenging yet fascinating material, learned from academics at the world’s top universities, and enjoyed first-hand experience living and studying independently.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious

Chemistry Summer School Key Benefits

Understand how compounds bind together using ‘hybridisation’ and create your own hybrid orbitals

Use VSEPR theory to make accurate predictions about molecule shape and size

Explore the world of organic chemistry and advanced concepts like electronegativity

Get to grips with thermodynamics, discuss Hess’ law, and form new compounds using heat

Discuss the carbon cycle, renewable energy, and the global role of a chemical scientist

Learn how today’s scientists are manipulating chemical compounds at an atomic level

Topics Covered

The two-week programme curriculum covers everything from the underlying principles of atomic and molecular structures, to the natural laws governing REDOX equilibrium and reactions. While a lot of the material will expose participants to typical first-year undergraduate concepts, great care has been taken to ensure that students are challenged but not overwhelmed.

Participants will study the Bohr model, review the mole unit of measurement, and get up to speed with the basics of quantum physics. From that foundation, they will then begin building a body of knowledge around electron behaviour/bonding, eventually moving on to more practical lessons: learning to apply the VSEPR Theory and predicting the shapes of molecules and compounds. Participants will then be introduced to the fundamentals of organic chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and acids/bases.

The last few days of the programme are dedicated to sustainable chemistry, nanotechnology, and their implications on everyday life. In fact, this emphasis on the ‘everyday’ applications of chemistry will surface multiple times throughout the course. By the end of the programme, participants will have moved beyond a mere theoretical understanding of chemistry and will be able to appreciate its crucial role in the world around us.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated March 27, 2019
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