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Schroeder, Lianne; Bierdz, Joshua; Wink, Donald J.; King, Maripat; Daubenmire, Patrick L.; Clark, Ginevra A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
We implemented a laboratory curriculum reform to teach foundational concepts in chemistry, particularly those concepts related to healthcare, in a chemistry course for prenursing students. Here, we discuss the reform, exploring how students built upon understandings gained in lab and correlating lab learning to course outcomes. We further discuss…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Campbell, Dean J.; Brewer, Emily R.; Martinez, Keri A.; Fitzjarrald, Tamara J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
The purpose of this laboratory experiment is to study fundamental concepts of kinetics and equilibria and the isotope effects associated with both of these concepts. The concepts of isotopes in introductory and general chemistry courses are typically used within the contexts of atomic weights and radioactivity. Kinetic and equilibrium isotope…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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O'Brien, Leah C.; Root, Hannah B.; Wei, Chin-Chuan; Jensen, Drake; Shabestary, Nahid; De Meo, Cristina; Eder, Douglas J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Isothermal titration calorimetry was used to experimentally determine thermodynamic values for the ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)(aq) + M[superscript 2+](aq) reactions (M[superscript 2+] = Ca[superscript 2+] and Mg[superscript 2+]). Students showed that for reactions in a N-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazine-N"-ethanesulfonic acid (HEPES)…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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Morsch, Layne A.; Lewis, Michael – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Drawing structures, mechanisms, and syntheses is a vital part of success in organic chemistry courses. ChemDraw for iPad has been used to increase classroom experiences in the preparation of high quality chemical drawings. The embedded Flick-to-Share allows for simple, real-time exchange of ChemDraw documents. ChemDraw for iPad also allows…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Computer Assisted Instruction, Science Instruction, Handheld Devices
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Saslow Gomez, Sarah A.; Faurie-Wisniewski, Danielle; Parsa, Arlen; Spitz, Jeff; Spitz, Jennifer Amdur; Loeb, Nancy C.; Geiger, Franz M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The classroom exercise outlined here is a self-directed assignment that connects students to the environmental contamination problem surrounding the DePue Superfund site. By connecting chemistry knowledge gained in the classroom with a real-world problem, students are encouraged to personally connect with the problem while simultaneously…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Assignments, Environmental Standards, Pollution
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Supalo, Cary A.; Kennedy, Sean H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Organic chemistry courses can present major obstacles to access for students with blindness or low vision (BLV). In recent years, efforts have been made to represent organic chemistry concepts in tactile forms for blind students. These methodologies are described in this manuscript. Further work being done at Illinois State University is also…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Blindness, Visual Impairments
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Simeon, Tomekia; Aikens, Christine M.; Tejerina, Baudilio; Schatz, George C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
The Northwestern University Initiative for Teaching Nanosciences (NUITNS) at nanohub.org Web site combines several tools for doing electronic structure calculations and analyzing and displaying the results into a coordinated package. In this article, we describe this package and show how it can be used as part of an upper-level quantum chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Engineering, Teaching Methods, Computation
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Adams, Gretchen M.; Lisy, James M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
Some of the long-term and short-term successes and the progress of the Chemistry Merit Program are highlighted and updated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The results show that the program is vital for the university and for the science and technology sectors.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Programs, Student Recruitment, Program Effectiveness
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Bennett, George D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2005
The green polymerization of aspartic acid carried out during an organic-inorganic synthesis laboratory course for undergraduate students is described. The procedure is based on work by Donlar Corporation, a Peru, Illinois-based company that won a Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1996 in the Small Business category for preparing thermal…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Laboratories, Organic Chemistry, College Science
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Baird, Michael J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Describes a course focusing on applied catalysis for helping students prepare for careers in a chemical or petroleum industry. Provides a course outline and suggested topics for term papers. (YP)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Course Descriptions, Course Organization
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Young, John R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1970
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Accidents, Chemistry, Laboratory Safety
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Rubba, Peter A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1981
Reports results of an inservice needs assessment on a random sample (N=929) of 4,965 Illinois science teachers in grades 6-12. Identifies 12 top inservice needs using the Moore Assessment Profile. Tables rank these needs and provide statistical analyses comparing chemistry teachers' (N=87) needs to all science teachers surveyed. (CS)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Science Education