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Yearty, Kasey L.; Sharp, Joseph T.; Meehan, Emma K.; Wallace, Doyle R.; Jackson, Douglas M.; Morrison, Richard W. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
[Superscript 1]H NMR analysis is an important analytical technique presented in introductory organic chemistry courses. NMR instrument access is limited for undergraduate organic chemistry students due to the size of the instrument, price of NMR solvents, and the maintenance level required for instrument upkeep. The University of Georgia Chemistry…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Teaching Methods
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Kimaru, Irene; Koether, Marina; Chichester, Kimberly; Eaton, Lafayette – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Analytical method transfer (AMT) and dissolution testing are important topics required in industry that should be taught in analytical chemistry courses. Undergraduate students in senior level analytical chemistry laboratory courses at Kennesaw State University (KSU) and St. John Fisher College (SJFC) participated in development, validation, and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction
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Moore, Dale E.; Goode, David R.; Seney, Caryn S.; Boatwright, Jennifer M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
College chemistry faculties might not have considered including isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) in their majors' curriculum because experimental data from this instrumental method are often analyzed via automation (software). However, the software-based data analysis can be replaced with a spreadsheet-based analysis that is readily…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Science Experiments
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Zuidema, Daniel R.; Herndon, Lindsey B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Deborah Blum's New York Times bestselling nonfiction book "The Poisoner's Handbook" was used as supplementary reading in our first-term General/Organic/Biochemistry course. This course serves as both the first course for our Allied Health chemistry sequence and a core science course. Our goal was that, through reading this book, students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Reading Materials, Crime
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Mooring, Suazette R.; Mitchell, Chloe E.; Burrows, Nikita L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Organic Chemistry is recognized as a course that presents many difficulties and conceptual challenges for students. To combat the high failure rates and poor student attitudes associated with this challenging course, we implemented a "flipped" model for the first-semester, large-enrollment, Organic Chemistry course. In this flipped…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Organic Chemistry, Blended Learning
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Kloepper, Kathryn D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Scenes from the works of William Shakespeare were incorporated into individual and group projects for an upper-level chemistry class, instrumental analysis. Students read excerpts from different plays and then viewed a corresponding video clip from a stage or movie production. Guided-research assignments were developed based on these scenes. These…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Classics (Literature), Teaching Methods, Class Activities
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Henary, Maged; Owens, Eric A.; Tawney, Joseph G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Laboratory-based courses require students to compose reports based on the performed experiments to assess their overall understanding of the presented material; unfortunately, the sterile and formulated nature of the laboratory report disinterests most students. As a result, the outcome is a lower-quality product that does not reveal full…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Zuidema, Daniel R.; Eames, Kevin J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Student performance in a high school dual-enrollment chemistry course was compared with student performance in the corresponding traditional college course. The two courses were taught by the same instructor and evaluated using the same American Chemical Society (ACS) standardized examination. Interestingly, the high school dual-enrollment…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Graduates, Chemistry, Performance Based Assessment
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Bell, Patrice – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
The physical science curriculum design at Georgia Gwinnett College requires a theme-based course (lecture and group work, and laboratory) for nonscience majors. Increased student engagement is anticipated when science topics are taught in the context of a topic of which students can select during course registration. This paper presents the course…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Nonmajors, Science Laboratories
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Behmke, Derek A.; Atwood, Charles H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
Previous research has linked poor student performance with the depersonalized feeling of large lecture courses. Various forms of enhanced communication have been tried that appear to enhance personalization in large courses. For general chemistry classes taught in a 365-seat lecture hall at the University of Georgia, we have attempted to enhance…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Chemistry, Active Learning, Lecture Method
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Bucholtz, Kevin M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
For some students, organic chemistry can be a distant subject and unrelated to any courses they have seen in their college careers. To develop a more contextual learning experience in organic chemistry, an additional text, "Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History," by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson, was incorporated as a…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, College Science, Science Instruction, Books
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Basu-Dutt, Sharmistha; Slappey, Charles; Bartley, Julie K. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
As part of a campus-wide, externally funded project to increase performance in, enthusiasm for, and retention within STEM disciplines, we developed an interdisciplinary, team-taught first-year seminar course. The construction and delivery of this course was designed to show the relevance of selected general chemistry topics such as matter and…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, First Year Seminars, Grade Point Average, Chemistry
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Schurmeier, Kimberly D.; Atwood, Charles H.; Shepler, Carrie G.; Lautenschlager, Gary J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Five years of longitudinal data for general chemistry student assessments at the University of Georgia have been analyzed using item response theory (IRT). Our analysis indicates that minor changes in question wording on exams can make significant differences in student performance on assessment questions. This analysis encompasses data from over…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Item Response Theory, Universities, Chemistry
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Whitlock, Christine R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
An in-class molecular modeling exercise is described. Groups of students are given molecular models to investigate and questions about the models to answer. This exercise is a quick and effective way to review nomenclature, stereochemistry, and conformational analysis.
Descriptors: Visual Stimuli, Chemistry, Models, Investigations
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Jenkins, J. David; Orvis, Jessica N.; Smith, C. Jimmy; Manley, Citabria; Rice, Jeanette K. 2 – Journal of Chemical Education, 2004
Non-traditional instrumentation was obtained for Georgia Southern undergraduates to attain fundamental environmental education through unique laboratory experiences. In this context, the method for including a direct mercury analyzer into both major and non-major environmental laboratories is reported.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Environmental Education, Nontraditional Education, Undergraduate Study