Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 26 - Nov 7, 2016


5 weeks


4 hrs/week


Basic chemistry knowledge

Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


Many students leave high school unprepared for the rigors of college chemistry. This course is the first in a series designed to give students an opportunity to review subjects from advanced high school chemistry at a pace conducive to their level, whether they are encountering the material for the first time or using the course as a refresher.

Instructors Allison Soult and Kim Woodrum bring their experience to the course covering atomic structure, periodic trends, compounds, and reactions. Students will engage in calculations and video demonstrations of the concepts being discussed. They will complete practice problems and end of unit assessments to help gauge their understanding of the material.


  • Identify components inside the atom, including electron structure.
  • Determine properties of elements.
  • Use the periodic table to compare elements according to atomic size and various energies.
  • Predict chemical properties of the elements.
  • Determine how atoms combine to form molecular and ionic compounds.
  • Understand quantitative relationships for compounds, including molar mass and mass percent of an element in a compound.
  • Explore how compounds react with one another to form new substances.
  • Write balanced equations to represent what is happening in a reaction.

Course Instructors

Dr. Kim Woodrum

Dr. Kim Woodrum


Dr. Kim Woodrum received both her B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. As a student, her field of study was inorganic chemistry. Her research interests are in the field of chemical education. She has taught General Chemistry for more than 20 years, receiving the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher award (2007), the Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), and the A&S Outstanding Teaching Award (2013).

Dr. Allison Soult

Dr. Allison Soult


Dr. Allison Soult received her B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Florida State University. She has been at the University of Kentucky since 2002 as a lab coordinator and a lecturer. Her main interests are in the area of chemical education specifically relating to issues with student engagement in large lectures and using technology to enhance student learning. Dr. Soult was the recipient of the A&S Outstanding Staff Award in 2008 and was co-instructor for the University of Kentucky's first massive online open course (MOOC), "Advanced Chemistry" as well as "Chemistry."