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Niemeyer, Emily D.; Zewail-Foote, Maha – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The use of electronic response pads or "clickers" is a popular way to engage students and create an active-learning environment, especially within large chemistry courses. We examined students' perceptions of how the clicker affected their learning, participation, and engagement in the classroom, as well as their overall experience…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Ghanem, Eman; Long, S. Reid; Rodenbusch, Stacia E.; Shear, Ruth I.; Beckham, Josh T.; Procko, Kristen; DePue, Lauren; Stevenson, Keith J.; Robertus, Jon D.; Martin, Stephen; Holliday, Bradley; Jones, Richard A.; Anslyn, Eric V.; Simmons, Sarah L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Innovative models of teaching through research have broken the long-held paradigm that core chemistry competencies must be taught with predictable, scripted experiments. We describe here five fundamentally different, course-based undergraduate research experiences that integrate faculty research projects, accomplish ACS accreditation objectives,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Trippier, Paul C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
A molecule of the month extra credit assignment was introduced to a didactic introductory pharmacology and medicinal chemistry course for first-year pharmacy students. The structure of a clinically approved drug molecule was presented to students each month of the course after the first month. Students would answer questions pertaining to the name…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Winkelmann, Kurt; Keeney-Kennicutt, Wendy; Fowler, Debra; Macik, Maria – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Virtual worlds are a potential medium for teaching college-level chemistry laboratory courses. To determine the feasibility of conducting chemistry experiments in such an environment, undergraduate students performed two experiments in the immersive virtual world of Second Life (SL) as part of their regular General Chemistry 2 laboratory course.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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Bell, Peter T.; Whaley, W. Lance; Tochterman, Alyssa D.; Mueller, Karl S.; Schultz, Linda D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
NMR spectroscopy is currently a premier technique for structural elucidation of organic molecules. Quantitative NMR (qNMR) methodology has developed more slowly but is now widely accepted, especially in the areas of natural product and medicinal chemistry. However, many undergraduate students are not routinely exposed to this important concept.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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Zhang, Qing; Brode, Ly; Cao, Tingting; Thompson, J. E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
We describe the construction and initial demonstration of a new instructional tool called ROXI (Research Opportunity through eXperimental Instruction). The system interfaces a series of electronic sensors to control software via the Arduino platform. The sensors have been designed to enable low-cost data collection in laboratory courses. Data are…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Secondary School Science
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Toledo, Santiago; Dubas, Justin M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
An emphasis on higher-order thinking within the curriculum has been a subject of interest in the chemical and STEM literature due to its ability to promote meaningful, transferable learning in students. The systematic use of learning taxonomies could be a practical way to scaffold student learning in order to achieve this goal. This work proposes…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Classification, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Martin, Christopher B.; Vandehoef, Crissie; Cook, Allison – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A hands-on activity appropriate for first-semester general chemistry students is presented that combines traditional VSEPR methods of predicting molecular geometries with introductory use of molecular modeling. Students analyze a series of previously calculated output files consisting of several molecules each in various geometries. Each structure…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Science Activities, Molecular Structure
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Winkelmann, Kurt; Scott, Matthew; Wong, Deborah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
A small group of high school students performed a virtual laboratory experiment in Second Life that mimicked a real experiment in both its appearance and procedure. Lab report grades were equivalent to report grades for hands-on experiments, and the quality of students' results was similar. Results of an attitudinal survey show that students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Gardea, Jessica; Rios, Laura; Pal, Rituraj; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L.; Narayan, Mahesh – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
The Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program of the Academy of Applied Science has funded several high school student summer internships to work within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the last nine years, young Mexican-American scholars have been recruited into STEM-specific (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Folk Culture, Science Laboratories, Foreign Countries
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Mills, Nancy S.; Shanklin, Michael – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Students at two-year colleges and small four-year colleges have often obtained their exposure to NMR spectroscopy through "canned" spectra because the cost of an NMR spectrometer, particularly a high-field spectrometer, is prohibitive in these environments. This article describes the design of a NMR site at Trinity University in which…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Colleges, Spectroscopy, Science Instruction
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Cardellini, Liberato – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
This interview provides glimpses of Joseph J. Lagowski and his life from the time he played with a Gilbert chemistry set, to his tenure at The University of Texas at Austin. His initial interest in chemistry was further nurtured and developed thanks to an excellent high school teacher. In the interview, Lagowski discusses his research in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Active Learning, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
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King, Angela G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2005
Scientists at Texas Tech University measured perchlorate levels in breast milk and store-bought milk from across the US. Findings revealed that high levels of perchlorate might be correlated with low levels of iodide in breast milk, which can inhibit thyroid function in nursing women, an essential component for proper neural development of the…
Descriptors: Infants, College Science, Chemistry, Science Education
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Bentley, Andrea B.; Gellene, Gregory I. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2005
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Texas Tech University (TTU) administered an in-house written chemistry placement examination (CPE) to determine whether students were prepared for Chem 1307, or whether a remedial course, Chem 1301, was required. The results indicate that the placement remediation program as implemented at TTU is…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Remedial Instruction, Chemistry, Student Placement