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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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Daina, Antoine; Blatter, Marie-Claude; Gerritsen, Vivienne Baillie; Palagi, Patricia M.; Marek, Diana; Xenarios, Ioannis; Schwede, Torsten; Michielin, Olivier; Zoete, Vincent – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Due to its impact on society, the design of new drugs has the potential to interest a wide audience, and provides a rare opportunity to introduce several concepts in chemistry and biochemistry. Drug design can be seen as a multiobjective cyclic optimization process. Indeed, it is important to develop the understanding not only that a drug is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biochemistry, Cooperative Learning, Pharmacology
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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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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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Kim, Heejoo; Chacko, Priya; Zhao, Jinhui; Montclare, Jin Kim – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
As part of an outreach program, we integrated chemistry apps with blogging to enhance the learning experience of students in and outside the classroom. Our outreach program involved college mentors who participated in the development and implementation of chemistry lessons alongside the classroom teacher. Three technology-rich modules that focused…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, High School Students, Student Interests, Chemistry
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Saderholm, Matthew; Reynolds, Anthony – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
We developed a protein research project for a one-semester biochemistry lecture class to enhance learning and more effectively train students to understand protein structure and function. During this semester-long process, students select a protein with known structure and then research its structure, sequence, and function. This project…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Student Projects, Science Instruction, College Science
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Evans, Michael J.; Moore, Jeffrey S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
In recent years, postsecondary instructors have recognized the potential of wikis to transform the way students learn in a collaborative environment. However, few instructors have embraced in-depth student use of chemistry software for the creation of interactive chemistry content on the Web. Using currently available software, students are able…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Organic Chemistry, Computer Software, Course Content
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Battle, Gary M.; Allen, Frank H.; Ferrence, Gregory M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
A series of online interactive teaching units have been developed that illustrate the use of experimentally measured three-dimensional (3D) structures to teach fundamental chemistry concepts. The units integrate a 500-structure subset of the Cambridge Structural Database specially chosen for their pedagogical value. The units span a number of key…
Descriptors: Databases, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Science Process Skills