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Bladt, Don; Murray, Steve; Gitch, Brittany; Trout, Haylee; Liberko, Charles – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
This undergraduate organic laboratory exercise involves the sulfuric acid-catalyzed conversion of waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. The acid-catalyzed method, although inherently slower than the base-catalyzed methods, does not suffer from the loss of product or the creation of emulsion producing soap that plagues the base-catalyzed methods when…
Descriptors: Fuels, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Students
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Journal of Chemical Education, 1985
Provides highlights of lectures, workshops, papers, and symposia presented at a conference which addressed such areas of chemical education as college/high school chemistry teaching; curriculum/curriculum development; safety; two-year programs; computers; toxicology and health hazards; problem-solving; writing skills development; textbooks;…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Conferences, Higher Education
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Yankwich, Peter E.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Presents selected recommendations from the American Chemical Society Chemistry Education Task Force's list of 39 principal and 52 supplementary recommendations. Those listed focus on all levels of education, elementary school science, high school chemistry and science, two-year college chemistry, college/university chemistry and science, chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs
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Cary, William R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Examines the present state and future of high school chemistry, and whether a crisis exists in chemistry at the high school level. Also proposes a new model for chemistry education and suggests that new materials and sufficient training and retraining are needed to implement new ideas and instructional strategies. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), High Schools
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Smith, Claire H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Two one-day conferences and a summer institute were held to provide inservice training for chemistry teachers. Brief descriptions of and conclusions related to these programs are provided. It is pointed out that such programs can be conducted without great expenditures of money and that various institutions/organizations are willing to help. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College School Cooperation, Conferences, High Schools
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Schrader, C. L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Discusses instructional strategies and activities designed to help students learn to recognize patterns and to create models to explain patterns. These include laboratory investigations and an exercise in which students are challenged to find the model used for the classroom seating arrangement. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, High Schools, Models, Pattern Recognition
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Herron, J. Dudley; Brooks, David W. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Suggests that academic departments reshape the intellectual climate for chemistry education as one way to ensure the future of chemistry. Current practices in chemistry and possible benefits which may result if the system is modified are examined. These benefits include better public support and understanding of chemistry. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society)
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Bunnett, Joseph F. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Discusses several characteristics considered to be important to a good undergraduate research program in chemistry. They include providing adequate time for students, proper selection of the research problem, a firm requirement that significant work will be performed, and a suitable format in presenting the research results. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Research Projects
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Goodwin, Thomas E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
An undergraduate research program in natural product synthesis was established at a small liberal arts college. Discusses program goals (including the total synthesis of maytansine), objectives, and accomplishments to date. Guidelines for establishing such programs are offered. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education
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Mills, Nancy S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
The benefits of undergraduate research programs for faculty members are described. Proposal strategies for new faculty, working in the undergraduate setting, and role of the senior faculty are the other major areas considered. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Faculty, College Science, Higher Education
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Pladziewicz, Jack R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
The involvement of undergraduate science majors in publishable research is a vital aspect of their education. The special problems confronted by faculty doing and directing such research are formidable. Several of these problems (such as heavy teaching loads) and ways of attacking them are described. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Program Development
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Hansch, Corwin; Smith, R. Nelson – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Examines programmatic effects of undergraduate chemistry research programs, focusing on internal research funding at Pomona College. The two-phase funding plan is described, accompanied by commentary on the reasoning and philosophy which lie behind these procedures. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Financial Support, Higher Education
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Mathews, Frederick J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1985
The goal of many colleges is to make the organic chemistry laboratory completely flameless by using electric heating equipment. Benefits of eliminating the Bunsen burner, electrical heating equipment and accessories, hazards remaining in flameless laboratories, and design standards related to laboratory liability are the major topic areas…
Descriptors: College Science, Design, Hazardous Materials, Higher Education
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Gannaway, Susan P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1990
Findings from a survey of 20 liberal arts colleges which did not have graduate programs in chemistry are presented. Discussed are regulations, actions taken and costs of academic laboratories regarding the disposal of hazardous waste. (CW)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Faculty, Hazardous Materials
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Hilderbrand, David C.; Jensen, W. P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Discussed is a program at South Dakota State University to offer a Master of Science in Teaching degree. The degree for those teachers who are underprepared in the sciences is described. A sample plan of study for chemistry majors is provided. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Curriculum Development, Educational Demand
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