The faculty and students in the Chemistry Department form a learning community, dedicated to achieving the following goals:
1. Each student should learn sufficient chemistry to serve her or him well in life after Kenyon.
2. Each student should learn to write well by being required to answer essay exam questions, write term papers, problem set answer sheets, laboratory and research reports, all critically evaluated by faculty.
3. Each student should learn effective oral communication skills by being encouraged to ask questions in all classes and converse frequently with faculty, and required to make extended oral presentations in more advanced classes as well as in the departmental Senior Exercise.
4. Each student should become skilled at formulating and solving problems, both qualitative and quantitative, through the working of problem sets and exam questions and by engagement with laboratory and research projects.
5. Each student should learn to access, evaluate and use information from computerized information sources.
6. Each student should be encouraged to relate chemistry to other areas of inquiry and knowledge by enrolling in courses in other sciences, the fine arts, social sciences and humanities.
These goals are achieved, and our learning community is sustained, by small classes, close interaction among students and faculty and an atmosphere of mutual respect and collegiality.
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