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Kholod, Yana; Hoag, Erin; Muratore, Katlynn; Kosenkov, Dmytro – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The reported project-based laboratory unit introduces upper-division undergraduate students to the basics of computer-aided drug discovery as a part of a computational chemistry laboratory course. The students learn to perform model binding of organic molecules (ligands) to the DNA minor groove with computer-aided drug discovery (CADD) tools. The…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry
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Sweet, Chelsea; Akinfenwa, Oyewumi; Foley, Jonathan J., IV – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
We present an interactive discovery-based approach to studying the properties of real gases using simple, yet realistic, molecular dynamics software. Use of this approach opens up a variety of opportunities for students to interact with the behaviors and underlying theories of real gases. Students can visualize gas behavior under a variety of…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Molecular Structure, Courseware, Kinetics
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Jung, Hun Bok; Zamora, Felix; Duzgoren-Aydin, Nurdan S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Water quality is an important interdisciplinary environmental topic for project-based learning. An undergraduate summer research internship program at a public minority serving institution engaged environmental science majors in community-based research experiences. The research focused on the field monitoring of water quality for surface water…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Pollution, Undergraduate Study, Summer Programs
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Grinias, James P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Online student-response systems provide instructors with an easy-to-use tool to instantly evaluate student comprehension. For comprehensive content review, turning this evaluation into a competitive game where students can compete against each other was found to be helpful and enjoyable for participating students. One specific online resource,…
Descriptors: Tests, Statistical Analysis, Computer Assisted Testing, Chemistry
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Christensen, Dana; Cohn, Pamela G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
While structure-property relationships are commonly developed in applications of physical organic chemistry to real-world problems at the graduate level, they have not been generally emphasized in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. For instance, the ability to modify the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Molecular Structure, Energy, Organic Chemistry
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Zane, Marci; Tucci, Valerie Karvey – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
To meet the information literacy (IL) needs of chemistry students, The College of New Jersey's (TCNJ) Library and Chemistry Departments have created a three-year seminar with a strong IL component. The program focuses on IL skills necessary for success in industry and graduate or professional education, but may lack features specific to those…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, High Schools
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Jacobs, Danielle L.; Dalal, Heather A.; Dawson, Patricia H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
To develop information literacy skills in chemistry and biochemistry majors at a primarily undergraduate institution, a multiyear collaboration between chemistry faculty and librarians has resulted in the establishment of a semester-long capstone project for Organic Chemistry II. Information literacy skills were instilled via a progressive…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, College Science
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Jacobs, Danielle L.; Dalal, Heather A.; Dawson, Patricia H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
The impetus to incorporate instruction on the efficient and responsible practice of chemical information literacy into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum has become exceptionally urgent. At Rider University, Chemical Information Instruction (CII) has accordingly evolved from face-to-face sessions into online modules to embed information…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, College Science
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Rossi, Robert D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Improving student engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses generally, and organic chemistry specifically, has long been a goal for educators. Recently educators at all academic levels have been exploring the "inverted classroom" or "flipped classroom" pedagogical model for improving student…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Homework, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Hartman, JudithAnn R.; Dahm, Donald J.; Nelson, Eric A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Studies in cognitive science have verified that working memory (where the brain solves problems) can manipulate nearly all elements of knowledge that can be recalled automatically from long-term memory, but only a few elements that have not previously been well memorized. Research in reading comprehension has found that "lecture notes with…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Undergraduate Study
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Tucci, Valerie K.; O'Connor, Abby R.; Bradley, Lynn M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
An innovative, three-year seminar program was developed for undergraduates at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) that supplements the core chemistry curriculum by teaching the auxiliary skills necessary for life as a professional chemist. Advising, good laboratory practice, and information literacy are the strategic components of this program that…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Career Development, Skill Development, Undergraduate Students
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Levine, Dana – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Describes the New Jersey Chemistry Olympics involving events such as library research, laboratory experimentation, model building, and computer programing. The goals, operational plan, competition events, and evaluation of the Olympics are discussed. (YP)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Competition, Laboratory Equipment, Programing
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Cohen, Paul S.; Pregger, Fred T. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1982
Results of a survey of New Jersey private, parochial, and public school superintendents on science teacher shortage in general and chemistry teachers in particular support results of similar surveys. Includes information on starting salaries for inexperienced science teachers and recommendations for their future. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary Education