Jan 20-Apr 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50 NSTA members receive a discount.
Instructor(s): Chris Bahn

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Course Description

Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics explain why reactions stop where they do, why they get hot or cold, and how fast they occur. The rusting of a car and the explosion of a stick of TNT are actually the same type of process – thankfully happening at a different rate. How can reactions be so similar and so different at the same time?

These three topics make up a large portion of the “Reactions” section of the AP exam (35-40%) as well as a significant portion of the second half of an International Baccalaureate Chemistry course. These topics also represent some of the more difficult material to understand in General Chemistry.

This course is designed to help instructors bolster their background in equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics as well as provide assistance in the teaching of these topics. A classroom population represents a distribution of learning styles and a goal of this course is to provide a variety of instructional tools for teachers to utilize in their classrooms.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 9 - 12 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Chris Bahn, PhD. is an adjunct assistant professor at Montana State University (MSU) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A former high school teacher in Westminster, Colorado, he helped start a charter high school and developed the curricula for the math, science, and computer science programs. Currently, he is an instructor in the freshman chemistry program at MSU.


A science or math degree with experience in a one year lab-based chemistry class; graduate standing.

Target Audience

The course is designed primarily for practicing science teachers, with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in Chemistry.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when prompted to do so as you are filling out the registration form to receive your discount.

Required Books/Materials

  • General Chemistry: Atoms First, by McMurray; 2nd Edition; Pearson Publishing; ISBN: 9780321809261.

The textbook is available from Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (CHEM 591)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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