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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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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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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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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