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ERIC Number: EJ1104130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Design Your Own Workup: A Guided-Inquiry Experiment for Introductory Organic Laboratory Courses
Mistry, Nimesh; Fitzpatrick, Christopher; Gorman, Stephen
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n6 p1091-1095 Jun 2016
A guided-inquiry experiment was designed and implemented in an introductory organic chemistry laboratory course. Students were given a mixture of compounds and had to isolate two of the components by designing a viable workup procedure using liquid-liquid separation methods. Students were given the opportunity to apply their knowledge of chemical and physical properties of organic molecules as well as develop their problem-solving skills by designing the workup themselves rather than following a pre-existing recipe. Students were able to show that this experiment improved their problem-solving skills and understanding of chemical concepts related to the workup process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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