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Pemberton, Andrew T.; Magers, D. Brandon; King, Daniel A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and computational chemistry are used in concert to evaluate the thermal decomposition of calcium acetate monohydrate, Ca(C[subscript 2]H[subscript 3]O[subscript 2])[subscript 2]·H[subscript 2]O, and to engage students in high-level thinking as they synthesize results…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills, Chemistry
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Neuman, Annette W.; Harmon, Brenda B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
An integrated lab-lecture project, known as the mini research project, was developed for a medicinal chemistry course for nonscience majors. In the lecture component of this project, students choose a plant essential oil with documented biological activity and prepare a literature review describing the importance, history, and current use of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Nonmajors
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Blackburn, Richard A. R.; Villa-Marcos, Barbara; Williams, Dylan P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A series of laboratory themed simulations developed by Learning Science Ltd. were integrated into a first year laboratory module at the University of Leicester. These simulations allow students to attempt the experiments they will do in the laboratory in a risk-free way that provides the opportunity to make mistakes and learn how to correct them…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement
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Seery, Michael K.; Jones, Ariana B.; Kew, Will; Mein, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Experimental design is a desirable outcome of laboratory education. Incorporating inquiry into the laboratory curriculum is attractive, but there are acknowledged concerns from practical, theoretical, and epistemological perspectives, and these are accentuated in upper-division courses. In this work, we draw on the extensive literature relating to…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Research Design, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Training
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Agcali, Rahime Yagmur; Atik, Bahar; Bilgen, Ecenaz; Karli, Berfu; Danisman, Mehmet Fatih – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Understanding the concepts of quantum mechanics has always been a challenge for undergraduate students. This is especially so because many of the introductory (analytically solvable) systems and problems discussed in textbooks are seemingly abstract. Using approximate experimental demonstrations of such systems and problems have been shown to be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Quantum Mechanics
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Kwan, Ann H.; Mobli, Mehdi; Schirra, Horst J.; Wilson, Jennifer C.; Jones, Oliver A. H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Magnetic resonance is a powerful technology that has had a major impact across the physical, life, and medical sciences, from chemistry to medical imaging, with ever-expanding applications in new areas as diverse as mining and food science. It is, however, also a difficult subject to teach, as the theory is complex and requires some familiarity…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, College Faculty, Video Technology
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Lindsay, Andrew J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A semester-long, project-based series of laboratory exercises is described that provides practical experience of the upstream and downstream processes involved in monoclonal antibody production. This 6 week project is aimed at final year undergraduate students undertaking primary degrees in biotechnology, biochemistry, or related disciplines.…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Active Learning
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Woodward, Robert L.; Reid, Carolyn S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The use of video productions in chemistry courses, though pedagogically beneficial, is not sufficient in and of itself. Students must also be willing to engage with these productions, especially when the videos are meant to be viewed prior to a class. Accordingly, we describe herein the implementation of two simple but effective strategies to…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Homework, Learner Engagement, Organic Chemistry
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Piunno, Paul A. E.; deBraga, Michael; Dexter, Troy A.; Laflamme, Marc – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Launching Your Research is a new course offering designed to engage undergraduate students in research at an early stage of their academic careers (sophomore-second year). This learning opportunity required students to identify research best practices and develop effective time, teamwork, and project management skills to succeed. With the aid of…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Best Practices, Research Skills, Undergraduate Students
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Wu, Nancy; Hall, Ariana O.; Phadke, Sameer; Zurcher, Danielle M.; Wallace, Rachel L.; Castañeda, Carol Ann; McNeil, Anne J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Introductory-level laboratory courses provide students with hands-on experience using the discipline's tools and theories. These courses often rely on recipe-based experiments due to the constraints of large enrollments, short lab periods, and the desire to minimize complexity. In addition, covering a breadth of topics can lead to a fragmented…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Learning Strategies, Undergraduate Students, Laboratory Experiments
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Hauwiller, Matthew R.; Ondry, Justin C.; Calvin, Jason J.; Baranger, Anne M.; Alivisatos, A. Paul – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Participating in undergraduate research yields positive outcomes for undergraduate students, and universities are seeking ways to engage more students in undergraduate research earlier in their academic careers. Typically, undergraduate students perform research either as part of an apprenticeship where a student receives individual mentorship in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Student Research, Research Projects
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Neiles, Kelly Y.; Bowers, Geoffrey M.; Chase, Daniel T.; VerMeulen, Amanda; Hovland, Douglas E.; Bresslour-Rashap, Elan; Eller, Leah; Koch, Andrew S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Guiding students to become practicing scientists entails teaching them the specialized ways of collaborating, writing, and thinking that these professionals utilize every day. Laboratory experiences provide unique opportunities for student-centered curricular activities that mimic these skills. The biodiesel laboratory experience described here…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Science Laboratories
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Katselas, Anthony; Motion, Alice; O'Reilly, Chiara; Neto, Chiara – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
An experiment which investigates the wettability of natural surfaces was developed for undergraduate students, which allows them to explore concepts of surface structure, wettability, superhydrophobic surfaces, and self-cleaning. The students choose their own samples of leaves and flowers present in their local environment, examine their surface…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Hands on Science, Science Activities
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Day, Elizabeth L.; Pienta, Norbert J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This 21-item survey administered at the end of first-semester General Chemistry asked students to estimate their average weekly use of course resources and rate how helpful they find various textbook and online homework features of their current textbook. During data collection, the General Chemistry textbook changed from a print version to one…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks
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Edgar, Mark; Percival, Benita C.; Gibson, Miles; Masania, Jinit; Beresford, Ken; Wilson, Philippe B.; Grootveld, Martin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Benchtop NMR spectrometers are now becoming more widely employed in university teaching laboratories. These low-field instruments are increasingly used in reaction monitoring and product purity applications. NMR spectra obtained using these spectrometers (40-80 MHz) tend to suffer from significant overlap of signals when compared to those obtained…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science
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