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Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry : Acs Symposium - Craig M. Teague

Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry

Acs Symposium

By: Craig M. Teague (Editor), David E. Gardner (Editor)

Hardcover Published: June 2019
ISBN: 9780841232884
Number Of Pages: 224

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As a discipline, physical chemistry has earned a reputation among students for being difficult and challenging. Unfortunately, many students over the years have come to view physical chemistry as worse than simply being difficult; they have come to view it as boring, dull, and not very relevant. However, there is a growing interest in improving physical chemistry instruction with a focus on student engagement and learning. The authors in this book come from across the country and represent schools of all sizes. From both classical and statistical thermodynamics to kinetics and quantum mechanics, from computational simulations to spectroscopy and chemical education, the authors present ideas from a wide cross-section of physical chemistry. there is not a single, one-size-fits-all approach to engaging students in physical chemistry. This book reflects the diversity of physical chemistry experiences of the authors themselves. Some chapters provide suggestions to increase engagement by providing new, intriguing contexts such as protein interactions and surface chemistry through which to teach traditional physical chemistry concepts. Other chapters focus on pedagogy, presenting ideas on how to increase the active involvement of students in their own learning or how to help students memorize difficult thermodynamic equations. Still other chapters challenge traditional instructional notions with ideas such as using flipped classrooms and incorporating a graphic novel. In general, we organized the chapters according to these broad categories, although some chapters bridge categories. In short, this book is not so much a step-by-step instruction manual as it is a resource for ideas, guidance, and inspiration for improving your own physical chemistry curriculum for the purpose of engaging students.

Preface 1. Strategies for Engagement: Enhancing Your Teaching David E. Gardner 2. Measuring Novel Protein-Protein Binding with Surface Plasmon Resonance in the Physical Chemistry Lab Benjamin J. McFarland 3. Bridging the Microscopic and Macroscopic in Thermodynamics with Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Lab Exercises for Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Matthew C. Zwier 4. Partition Functions and Statistical Thermodynamics: Spreadsheet Activities To Promote Connections in Physical Chemistry Craig M. Teague and Truman H. Jordan 5. Engaging Students in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory by Creating a Non-Traditional Research Experience through an Independent Project Andrea N. Giordano, Michael Walzak, and Kristina M. Lantzky 6. Incorporating Experimental Design into a Stand-Alone Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory Course Molly B. Wilker 7. Using a Context Rich Pedagogy To Teach Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics, and Spectroscopy Elaine M. Marzluff and Mary A. Crawford 8. Designing an Active Learning Physical Chemistry Course Using Best Practices Jodye I. Selco 9. Mnemonic Devices for Thermodynamic Relationships Ray C. Dudek 10. The Impact of Guided Inquiry Materials on Student Representational Level Understanding of Thermodynamics Courtney Stanford, Alena Moon, Marcy Towns, and Renée Cole 11. Reflections on the Effect of the Flipped Classroom on Students' Difficulties with Homework in Physical Chemistry Lisa M. Goss 12. Engaging Students in Quantum Theory Using a Graphic Novel about Niels Bohr Allison M. Fleshman

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ISBN: 9780841232884
ISBN-10: 0841232881
Series: Acs Symposium
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: June 2019
Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.75 x 23.11  x 2.29

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