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Chemistry 130 - Chemistry for Funeral Services

Course Topics

The topics for this course are typically allocated as follows (approximate number of lecture hours spent on each topic are shown in the left column):

Lec
Topic
4
Introduction:
Divisions of chemistry
Chemical measurements
Temperature scales
Physical properties, such as solubility, density, and specific gravity
Chemical properties, such as combustibility and reactivity
Physical changes in matter, such as solvation
Chemical changes in matter, such as cremation, decomposition, and preservation of remains
5
Physical states and properties of matter:
Gases -- liquefaction, condensation, vaporization, and diffusion
Liquids -- viscosity, surface tension, diffusion, solidification, crystallization, freezing, and boiling
Solids -- melting and sublimation
4
Atomic structure:
Elements, such as atom, ion, name and symbol, and types
Compounds -- molecule, diatomic molecules, formula
Mixtures -- types and examples
4
Energy: potential and kinetic
Oxidation number
Monatomic ions
Polyatomic ions
4
Solutions:
Solute, solvent, and solubility
Types of solutions
Expressing concentrations -- qualitatively and quantitatively
Diffusion -- factors influencing diffusion and osmosis
3
Selected elements:
Oxygen
Hydrogen
Halogens
Nitrogen
3
Water:
Hardness
Hydrates
Hydrolysis
Dehydration
3
Ionization:
Acids
Bases
Salts
Cations
Anions
pH
Neutralization
6
Organic chemistry:
Comparison between organic and inorganic compounds
Properties of carbon
Formulas, such as molecurlar, structural, line, general and type
5
Hydrocarbons (aliphatic):
Saturated -- alkanes, alkyl group, and alkyl halide
Unsaturated -- alkenes and alkynes
Aromatic -- benzene, toluene, and phenol
5
Organic derivatives:
Alcohols, such as monhydroxy and dihydroxy
Aldehyde, such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, and dialdehydes
Ketones, such as propanone or acetone
5
Organic derivatives:
Carboxylic acids, such as methanoic and ethanoic
Esters, such as ethyl acetate and methyl salicylate
Ethers, such as diethyl ether
Amines, such as methyl amine and quaternary ammonium compounds
Amides, such as diethyl formamide and urea
Thioalcohols (mercaptans)
4
Biochemistry:
Carbohydrates -- classification and reaction
Lipids -- simple, compound, and miscellaneous
4
Proteins:
Amino acids
Peptide bond
Properties of proteins -- imbibition, coagulation, hydrolysis, deamination, and decarboxylation
Enzymes -- substrate, chemical changes, and autolysis
3
Embalming chemistry:
Action of preservative chemicals
Preservation by formaldehyde
4
Chemistry of decomposition:
Autolysis
Hydrolysis
Putrefaction
Decay
4
Summary of the action and composition of embalming fluids and related hazards, such as camphor, cresol, cichlorophene, glycols, orthodichlorobenzene, and toluene
2
Final exam

 

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: