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Schaller, Chris P.; Graham, Kate J.; McIntee, Edward J.; Peterson, Alicia A.; Strollo, Christen M.; Jakubowski, Henry V.; Fazal, M. A.; Johnson, Brian J.; Jones, T. Nicholas; Raigoza, Annette M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
A novel laboratory curriculum is presented, developed around some common tasks of a laboratory researcher in chemistry: purification, synthesis, and measurement. The capstone of the sequence is an integrated laboratory, leading to a more independent research experience. Students who have completed this laboratory curriculum appear to perform…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Curriculum
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Graham, Kate J.; Schaller, Chris P.; Jones, T. Nicholas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The ability to access chemical literature is an important skill for the developing chemist. Although the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University chemistry department had implemented a variety of individual exercises into the introductory course sequence to help students develop literature searching skills, second-year students still…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry
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Schaller, Chris P.; Graham, Kate J.; Johnson, Brian J.; Jakubowski, Henry V.; McKenna, Anna G.; McIntee, Edward J.; Jones, T. Nicholas; Fazal, M. A.; Peterson, Alicia A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A one-semester, introductory chemistry course is described that develops a primarily qualitative understanding of structure-property relationships. Starting from an atoms-first approach, the course examines the properties and three-dimensional structure of metallic and ionic solids before expanding into a thorough investigation of molecules. In…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Chemistry, Qualitative Research, Molecular Structure
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Schaller, Chris P.; Graham, Kate J.; Johnson, Brian J.; Fazal, M. A.; Jones, T. Nicholas; McIntee, Edward J.; Jakubowski, Henry V. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
The recent revision of undergraduate curricular guidelines from the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS-CPT) has generated interest in examining new ways of organizing course sequences both for chemistry majors and for nonmajors. A radical reconstruction of the foundation-level chemistry curriculum is presented in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Curriculum