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Smith, Catherine J.; Mansfield, Steven J.; Anderson, Edward A.; Burton, Jonathan W. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Organic synthesis in a modern research laboratory uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide inert atmospheres, track reaction progress, and facilitate the purification of intermediates. Such facilities are not available in a high school laboratory. In this paper, synthetic organic chemistry is taken back to basics: A four step total synthesis of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Universities, Foreign Countries
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Esselman, Brian J.; Block, Stephen B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The VSEPR model has well-established limitations in its ability to represent accurate molecular and electronic geometries of simple molecules, which can create a significant need for students to relearn structure and bonding concepts in organic chemistry. We present an alternate method for describing molecular geometries and electronic structures…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Franco, Jimmy; Provencher, Brian A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
In recent years, researchers have worked diligently to identify more effective means of facilitating student learning. Some promising pedagogical techniques that have emerged include the flipped-class model and test-enhanced learning. These pedagogical strategies have been incorporated into a multitouch book. A multitouch book is a dynamic…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Fernández, Gabriela A.; Ocampo, Romina A.; Costantino, Andrea R.; Dop, Néstor S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Visually impaired or blind students require adjustments to the traditional hands-on activities and methodological and didactic strategies employed by the teacher. These adaptations are based on multisensory teaching tools, which reinforce the learning of all students in general. This paper presents simple teaching resources that allow students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Visual Impairments, Blindness, Teaching Methods
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Farhat, Naha J.; Stanford, Courtney; Ruder, Suzanne M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Assessments can provide instructors and students with valuable information regarding student's level of knowledge and understanding, in order to improve both teaching and learning. In this study, we analyzed departmental assessment quizzes given to students at the start of Organic Chemistry 2, over an eight year period. This assessment quiz was…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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Kolonko, Erin M.; Kolonko, Kristopher J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Strategies for teaching NMR spectral interpretation in the undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum are often faculty-centered and can lead to student reliance on rote memorization and "guess and check" methods rather than critical-thinking skills for structure determination. This article describes a student-focused methodology for the…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Inquiry, Active Learning, Organic Chemistry
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Costantino, Luca; Barlocco, Daniela – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This article presents the structure of the organic chemistry laboratory Course "Synthesis and Extraction of Drugs" that is included in Modena University (Italy) in the third year of the five-year "Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies" degree program. This course is unique in its kind, and it aims to provide students with…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Organic Chemistry
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Rennie, Timothy; Eelu, Hilja; Lusepani, Monde; Keendjele, Tuwilika; Julka, Emily; Hunter, Christian J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Modern, quality education for health sciences is vital in developing and strengthening the health systems of countries in southern Africa. Medicine, pharmacy, and other disciplines in the region typically admit high school graduates who tend to undertake a science foundation in the first years of study. We report a new resource for improving the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Services, Organic Chemistry, Video Technology
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Schafer, Adam G.; Yezierski, Ellen J.; Hartley, C. Scott – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A laboratory experiment was developed that connects the interpretation of computer-generated models to the self-assembly of macrocycles. Students compare the reactions of terephthalaldehyde and isophthalaldehyde by reacting each with (R,R)-(-)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane. These isomeric systems serve as the foundation for a discussion about the impact…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Thermodynamics, Laboratory Experiments, Comparative Analysis
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Oliveira, Brenno R. M.; Vailati, André L.; Luiz, Edinara; Böll, Fabrine G.; Mendes, Samuel R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This study discusses the potential of the Jigsaw cooperative method in the teaching of organic chemistry. Such an approach was used in five classes with Brazilian secondary school students. Results indicate better learning regarding the development of knowledge about the nomenclature, application, and identification of functional groups at the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Organic Chemistry
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Richard A. R. Blackburn, – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Students were asked to each create an infographic on the basis of one of their host department's research articles as a new exercise within the "science communication" training program of the University of Leicester's undergraduate chemistry degree. The use of local articles helped to connect students to the research of their lecturers,…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Mako, Teresa L.; Levine, Mindy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Reported herein is a multidisciplinary experiment for senior-level undergraduate teaching laboratories in the synthesis of the analytes acetaminophen and phenacetin; the fabrication of paper-based devices, using eyeliner, acrylic spray paint, or wax-printing, for sensing of those analytes; and the use of the newly fabricated devices for successful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Le, Christine M.; Morra, Barbora – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The tutorials of a second-year undergraduate organic chemistry course have been modified to include a retrosynthetic exercise in conjunction with a Molecule of the Week (MoW) challenge. In contrast to the original tutorial assignments in the course, which primarily focused on completing simple reaction roadmaps, the new tutorials place a heavier…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Molecular Structure
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Wackerly, Jay Wm. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
An approach is described that gradually transitions second-year organic chemistry students to writing full "The Journal of Organic Chemistry" ("JOC") style lab reports. The primary goal was to introduce students to and build rhetorical skills in scientific and technical writing. This was accomplished by focusing on four main…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry, Research Reports, Writing Skills
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Collison, Christina G.; Kim, Thomas; Cody, Jeremy; Anderson, Jason; Edelbach, Brian; Marmor, William; Kipsang, Rodgers; Ayotte, Charles; Saviola, Daniel; Niziol, Justin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Reformed experimental activities (REActivities) are an innovative approach to the delivery of the traditional material in an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory. A description of the design and implementation of REActivities at both a four- and two-year institution is discussed. The results obtained using a reformed teaching observational…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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