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ERIC Number: EJ1048347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Experimental and Guided Theoretical Investigation of Complex Reaction Mechanisms in a Prins Reaction of Glyoxylic Acid and Isobutene
Angelici, Gaetano; Nicolet, Stefan; Uda, Narasimha R.; Creus, Marc
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2178-2181 Dec 2014
A laboratory experiment was designed for undergraduate students, in which the outcome of an easy single-step organic synthesis with well-defined conditions was not elucidated until the end of the exercise. In class, students predict and discuss the possible products using their knowledge of reaction mechanisms. In the laboratory, they learn how to carry out a reaction safely with gaseous isobutene, and to isolate and identify the two main products. The class and the laboratory components are completed in 10 h, including laboratory time of 6 to 7 h, divided in two sessions. The class-component could also be implemented independently as a theoretical exercise in a "virtual experiment" simply by presenting the methods and results to students using a guided-inquiry approach, appropriate for a standard 3 h undergraduate class. The finding that the simple reaction leads to a largely unexpected product, together with open discussions with students covering several theoretical aspects applicable to this reaction, helps to promote critical thinking and to provide an effective educational tool to better understand the process of scientific research in chemistry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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