P332: Supplementing General Chemistry via an interdisciplinary Chemistry/Algebra course

Author: Amy J. Kabrhel, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, USA

Co-Author: Megumi Onoda, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S29

Many of the students taking first semester General Chemistry need supplemental help with the math in chemistry because they are also concurrently taking College Algebra. Often this causes problems because the algebra needed in chemistry has not yet been covered in their math course. To help alleviate this problem, the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc has been offering for 10 years an optional 1-credit interdisciplinary Special Topics course linking first semester General Chemistry with College Algebra. The goals of the course are to: 1.) present the algebra to the students before they require it for the chemistry course, 2.) give students supplemental help with both chemistry and algebra topics, 3.) show students the applications of math in chemistry, and 4.) show students the applications of chemistry in math. Details of the course along with specific examples of activities used to aid their learning of both chemistry and algebra will be given.