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ERIC Number: EJ1062292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A General Chemistry Assignment Analyzing Environmental Contamination for the Depue, IL, National Superfund Site
Saslow Gomez, Sarah A.; Faurie-Wisniewski, Danielle; Parsa, Arlen; Spitz, Jeff; Spitz, Jennifer Amdur; Loeb, Nancy C.; Geiger, Franz M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n4 p638-642 Apr 2015
The classroom exercise outlined here is a self-directed assignment that connects students to the environmental contamination problem surrounding the DePue Superfund site. By connecting chemistry knowledge gained in the classroom with a real-world problem, students are encouraged to personally connect with the problem while simultaneously developing skills in data management and interpretation. Designed for first-year undergraduate, general chemistry students, each of the four primary exercises builds upon the skills developed in those before it. This approach makes it easy to tailor this assignment to the needs of individual classrooms. This assignment was given as the first laboratory course assignment to a pilot group of 178 general chemistry undergraduate students at Northwestern University. Students enrolled in this course had already completed the first of two accelerated general chemistry courses. Over 75% of students scored in the 85% to 100% grade range, illustrating that the majority of students who completed this assignment demonstrated a high level of comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0950433