Chemistry 100 Spring 2017

Medicinal Plants for Poets



Purple coneflower or Echinacea. A very popular medicinal plant used to lessen the effect of the common cold.

"Without recognition of the knowledge and accomplishments of humans in the past and in other cultures, Western scientific discovery is often only rediscovery"

Timothy Johns
With Bitter Herbs They Shall Eat It

Asimina triloba or paw paw is native to Indiana and is a source of anti-cancer compounds.

Course Goals and Hopes: This course lies at the intersection of several disciplines, including chemistry, botany, pharmacology and at least of a bit of ethics, history, anthropology and psychology. As a result, the goals for this course are quite broad. My hope is that you will develop both an appreciation for the big picture, and an understanding of some of the details. Here are some specific goals I hope we can achieve:

Achieving the Goals There will be a number of different ways of learning and assessing your learning in this course:

Your Responsibilities As part of this course, you are part of a community of learners. Learning involves wrestling with material that at times may be challenging. To get the most out of this class, you need to:


Gatherings: 9:10 - 10:10 am MWF Julian 157

Texts: There is no text to purchase for this class. Readings will be provided as needed.

Office Info: JSMC 363 e-mail "hanson" Please feel free to drop by, or for more certainty, make an appointment if you have any questions or problems.

Grading: Grades will be calculated based quizzes (30%), case studies (30%), worksheets and short writing assignments (30%) and extra-curriculars (10%). Details about how I grade are available at the Class Policies and Grading page. It is your responsibility to know the policies.

Digital Etiquette: Do not use your phone during class to send or read texts, catch up on e-mail, chat etc. Professors, and everyone around you, find it very distracting when you are using these items. If you cannot keep your eyes off of these devices, please skip class and study elsewhere. Don't kid yourself – you are not getting anything out of the class when you read or send a text every few minutes. The university does use our mobile devices to notify us in an emergency. If that happens, it should be obvious, since they will all buzz within a few seconds.

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