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Zdanovskaia, Maria A.; Schwarz, Cara E.; Habib, Asif D.; Hill, Nicholas J.; Esselman, Brian J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The use of computational molecular modeling to enhance the teaching of chemical concepts is becoming commonplace. Incorporation of this technique into the curriculum, however, typically requires financial investment. This reality poses a problem for institutions where funding and associated resources are scarce and has a potential negative impact…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Molecular Structure, Teaching Methods, Community Colleges
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Henry, Renee Monica – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Reported here is a study of an interactive component to General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II where a new pedagogy for taking notes in class was developed. These notes, called key word created class notes, prompted students to locate information using the Internet guided by a key word. Reference Web sites were added to a next generation of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Web Based Instruction
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Bharti, Neelam; Leonard, Michelle; Singh, Shailendra – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Online chemical databases are the largest source of chemical information and, therefore, the main resource for retrieving results from published journals, books, patents, conference abstracts, and other relevant sources. Various commercial, as well as free, chemical databases are available. SciFinder, Reaxys, and Web of Science are three major…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Databases, Science Education, College Science
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McClean, Stephen; McCartan, Kenneth G.; Meskin, Sheryl; Gorges, Beronia; Hagan, W. Paul – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
This paper describes the construction and development of YouTestTube.com, a YouTube clone website to facilitate video-sharing, social networking, and reflections of chemistry laboratory classes for year one students within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. The practice was first introduced in the 2008/09 academic year and has…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Social Media, Educational Technology
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Walker, Martin A.; Li, Ye – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Our students rely on Wikipedia on their mobile devices or laptops, since it is an extremely rich and broad resource. This article overviews the Chemistry content on Wikipedia and how students can learn to use it effectively as an information resource, critically evaluating content, and learning key information literacy skills. We also discuss how…
Descriptors: Information Skills, Information Literacy, Chemistry, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Devarajan, Deepa; Gustafson, Samantha J.; Bickelhaupt, F. Matthias; Ess, Daniel H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Undergraduate organic chemistry textbooks and Internet websites use a variety of approaches for presenting and explaining the impact of halogen atom size on trends in bond strengths and/or acidity of hydrogen halides. In particular, several textbooks and Internet websites explain these trends by invoking decreasing orbital overlap between the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Organic Chemistry, Molecular Structure
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Haile, January D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
This communication summarizes one of the invited papers to the Flipped Classroom ACS Division of Chemical Education Committee on Computers in Chemical Education online ConfChem held from May 18 to June 24, 2014. Just in Time Teaching is a technique in which students read the material before class and respond to a few questions. In a first-year…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Biochemistry
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Wang, Yue; Xu, Xinhua; Wu, Meifen; Hu, Huikang; Wang, Xiaogang – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was introduced into undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory curriculum to help students observe the phase composition and morphology characteristics of tin-lead alloys and thus further their understanding of binary alloy phase diagrams. The students were captivated by this visual analysis method, which…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Laboratories
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Bishop, Lee M.; Tillman, Ayesha S.; Geiger, Franz M.; Haynes, Christy L.; Klaper, Rebecca D.; Murphy, Catherine J.; Orr, Galya; Pedersen, Joel A.; DeStefano, Lizanne; Hamers, Robert J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
We have developed and assessed a multiauthor science blog on the topic of nanotechnology and sustainability as a tool to improve the written communication and public engagement skills of graduate students. Focus group studies revealed that after participation in the blog, student authors felt more confident and capable of communicating technical…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Technology
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Flynn, Alison B.; Caron, Jeanette; Laroche, Jamey; Daviau-Duguay, Melissa; Marcoux, Caroline; Richard, Gise`le – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Fundamental to a student's understanding of organic chemistry is the ability to interpret and use its language, including molecules' names and other key terms. A learning gap exists in that students often struggle with organic nomenclature. Although many resources describe the rules for naming molecules, there is a paucity of resources…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Skill Development
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Perri, M. J.; Weber, S. H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
A Web site is described that facilitates use of the free computational chemistry software: General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System (GAMESS). Its goal is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to perform computational chemistry experiments without the need to purchase expensive software.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Courseware, Web Sites, Molecular Structure
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Eklund, Brandon; Prat-Resina, Xavier – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
ChemEd X Data is an open web tool that collects and curates physical and chemical data of hundreds of substances. This tool allows students to navigate, select, and graphically represent data such as boiling and melting points, enthalpies of combustion, and heat capacities for hundreds of molecules. By doing so, students can independently identify…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Web Sites, Internet
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Smith, David K. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Social media provide a unique arena in which chemists can communicate directly with an international audience from a wide range of backgrounds. In particular, YouTube offers a rich environment through which students of chemistry and members of the general public can be engaged, and chemophobia can be addressed. This article describes the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Social Networks, Educational Technology, Chemistry
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Munoz de la Pena, Arsenio; Gonzalez-Gomez, David; Munoz de la Pena, David; Gomez-Estern, Fabio; Sequedo, Manuel Sanchez – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
The application of an innovative Web-based system, Goodle GMS, designed for automating the collection and assessment of laboratory exercises is presented. This Web-based system has been extensively used in engineering courses such as control systems, mechanics, and computer programming. Goodle GMS allows the students to submit their results to a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Advanced Courses, Grading
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Prescott, Sarah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
A novel course using green chemistry as the context to teach general chemistry fundamentals was designed, implemented and is described here. The course design included an active learning approach, with major course graded components including a weekly blog entry, exams, and a semester project that was disseminated by wiki and a public symposium.…
Descriptors: College Science, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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