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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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Pilcher, Spence C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
An upper-division undergraduate polymer chemistry course was developed as a blended/hybrid course. The students met face-to-face once a week for 75 min with all other components being available online. Face-to-face meetings were used for class discussions/problem-based lectures, student presentations, hands-on activities, and examinations. Online…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Blended Learning, Curriculum Design
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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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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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Franz, Annaliese K. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
This work describes efforts to incorporate and evaluate the use of a YouTube writing assignment in large lecture classes to personalize learning and improve conceptual understanding of chemistry through peer- and self-explanation strategies. Although writing assignments can be a method to incorporate peer- and self-explanation strategies, this…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Video Technology, Multimedia Instruction, Organic Chemistry
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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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Elliott, Edward W., III; Fraiman, Ana – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
The nature of laboratory work has changed in the past decade. One example is a shift from working individually or in pairs on single traditional verification experiments to working collaboratively in larger groups in inquiry and research-based laboratories, over extended periods in and outside of the lab. In this increased era of collaboration, we…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Internet