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Mabrouk, Patricia Ann; Schelble, Susan M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
An interactive poster exhibited at two poster sessions at the Fall 2016 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting was used as a vehicle to learn about ACS members' concerns and needs related to research ethics and to identify opportunities for engagement of the Society by the Committee on Ethics (ETHX) and others in terms of ethics…
Descriptors: Ethics, Research Needs, Knowledge Level, Chemistry
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Niederer, Kyle A.; Fodor, Matthew D.; Catino, Arthur J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Torsional effects influence kinetic selectivity in a wide range of organic transformations. As such, textbooks commonly use Newman projections to illustrate the torsional effects that arise in their transition states. Unfortunately, these representations fall short when the reaction occurs "within a ring." In many cases, the torsional…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Visualization, College Science
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Baar, Marsha R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
An inquiry-based experiment for the organic chemistry laboratory was developed to provide students with a cognitively rich research experience. Student teams were charged with optimizing the reaction conditions for the Williamson ether synthesis of 2- fluorophenetole from 2-fluorophenol, ethyl bromide, and potassium carbonate in either absolute…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Student Experience, Student Research, Laboratory Experiments
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Miller, Diane M.; Chengelis Czegan, Demetra A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
This paper describes assignments that have been implemented in a General Chemistry I course to promote science literacy. This course was chosen in particular because it reaches a broad audience, which includes nonscience majors. The assignment series begins with several discussions and tasks to develop information literacy, in which students find…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts
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Danowitz, Amy M.; Brown, Ronald C.; Jones, Clinton D.; Diegelman-Parente, Amy; Taylor, Christopher E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Undergraduate research is an important capstone experience that provides students with the conceptual and technical aptitude for graduate or industrial research. However, this experience is often compressed into a single term in a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) or run by individual faculty members for select students on an…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Students, Research Skills, Science Instruction
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Currano, Judith N. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
The University of Pennsylvania's doctoral chemistry curriculum has included a required course in chemical information since 1995. Twenty years later, the course has evolved from a loosely associated series of workshops on information resources to a holistic examination of the chemical literature and its place in the general research process. The…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, College Science, Chemistry, Doctoral Programs
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Guron, Marta; Paul, Jared J.; Roeder, Margaret H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Although much of the scientific community concerns itself with ideas of a sustainable future, very little of this interest and motivation has reached the classroom experience of the average chemistry major, and therefore, it is imperative to expose students to these ideas early in their careers. The focus of most undergraduate chemistry curricula…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Majors (Students), Sustainability
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Nigam, Manisha; Rush, Brittney; Patel, Jay; Castillo, Raul; Dhar, Preeti – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A green, aza-Michael reaction is described that can be used to teach undergraduate students conjugate addition of nitrogen nucleophile to an a,ß-unsaturated ester. Students analyze spectral data of the product obtained from the assigned reaction to determine product structure and propose the mechanism of its formation. The experiment requires…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Kennedy, Sarah A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
The green chemistry course taught at Westminster College (PA) incorporates nontraditional teaching techniques and texts to educate future chemists about the importance of using green chemistry principles. The course is designed to introduce green chemistry concepts and demonstrate their inherent necessity by discussing historical missteps by the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Undergraduate Students, Environmental Education, Chemistry
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Young, Sherri C.; Colabroy, Keri L.; Baar, Marsha R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
The laboratory is a mainstay in STEM education, promoting the development of critical thinking skills, dexterity, and scientific curiosity. The goals in the laboratory for nonchemistry, prehealth majors, though, could be distinguished from those for chemistry majors. In service courses such as organic chemistry, much laboratory time is often spent…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Nonmajors, Undergraduate Students
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Bendorf, Holly D.; Vebrosky, Emily N.; Eck, Brian J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
In this experiment for an upper-division course in organic structure determination, each student prepares an unknown compound and characterizes the product using multiple spectroscopic techniques. The unknowns, 2-aryl-substituted 1,4-dihydro-3,1-benzoxazines and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinazolines, are prepared in a single step by the condensation of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, College Science, Spectroscopy
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Clippard, Carrie M.; Hughes, William; Chohan, Balwant S.; Sykes, Danny G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A low-cost and portable colorimeter was constructed featuring a low-voltage programmable color light sensor-to-frequency converter, a CMOS 8-bit microcontroller, and an LCD display. The instrument has successfully facilitated the introduction and application of spectroscopy to groups of middle school, high school, and undergraduate students. A…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Laboratory Equipment, Cost Effectiveness, Light
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Logan, Jennifer L.; Quin~ones, Rosalynn; Sunderland, Deborah P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
An assignment incorporating posters into a second-year analytical chemistry lab is described. Students work in groups and are assigned one of the application-themed weekly laboratories as a topic. Course data acquired for these weekly laboratories are compiled into spreadsheets that the poster group then analyzes to present in an on-campus poster…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Assignments, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Cook, Deborah H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Conflicts in Chemistry: The Case of Plastics, an innovative role-playing activity for high school students, was developed by the Chemical Heritage Foundation to promote increased public understanding of chemistry. The pilot program included three high school teachers and their students at three different schools and documented implementation and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, High School Students, Chemistry, Role Playing
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Malinak, Steven M.; Bayline, Jennifer Logan; Brletic, Patricia A.; Harris, Mark F.; Iuliucci, Robbie J.; Leonard, Michael S.; Matsuno, Nobunaka; Pallack, Linda A.; Stringfield, Thomas W.; Sunderland, Deborah Polvani – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
The chemistry department at Washington & Jefferson College implemented an "organic first" curriculum in the fall semester of 2005. Assessment data suggest that the net impact of this change for the department and associated constituencies has been positive: (i) Student outcomes have generally not been impacted by the curricular…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Curriculum Implementation, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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