Monday, 23 May 2005: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Room 209 (Science & Engineering Resource Center)

College Education (COED)

About the General Chemistry Laboratory I

Chemistry, being an experimental science, has made the General Chemistry Laboratory an almost universally accepted addition to the formal Freshman chemistry lecture course. The laboratory requires active participation by students in an informal but controlled atmosphere. It allows both teacher-student and peer-peer interactions. As such, it can provide a powerful learning experience. On the other hand, relative to a lecture, the laboratory is expensive and labor intensive and, as currently practiced, many laboratories fall short of their potential. To what extent can, or should, 21st century technology and philosophy be applied to this academic classic. The speakers will provide and evaluate diverse solutions.
Organizer:Rudolph W. Kluiber
9:00 AM Density and Coulomb's Law: Two Under-Utilized Concepts in General Chemistry
Parinbam (RAJ) K. Thamburaj
9:25 AM The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): a matrix for evaluating effective alternative teaching methods with diverse student populations
Victoria Finkenstadt, Sheryl L. Finkenstadt
9:50 AM Determination of the Ionization Constant of Weak Carboxylic Acids Using Computer Interface Freezing Point Depression Measurements
Imranul Haque, Paris Svoronos, Pedro Irigoyen
10:15 AM Microscale Experiments for the General Chemistry Laboratory
Arden P. Zipp, Marcia Bonneau, Irene Maffetore
10:40 AM A Freshman Level Capstone Experiment with an Environmental Forensic Twist
Liina H. Ladon, Laurence J. Boucher, Alan J. Pribula, Joseph J. Topping
11:05 AM Using Software to Simplify Grading Labs and Making Pre-Labs
Charles H. Mahler
11:30 AM Economies of Scale: Bio, Materials, and Environmental Sections of General Chemistry Lab
Joseph T. Keiser

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