P405: Reinvigorating inorganic chemistry at Merrimack College with ideas from cCWCS workshops
The manner in which Inorganic Chemistry is taught at Merrimack College is changing. Increasing numbers of biochemistry students and chemistry minors has created much more interest in the course and has influenced the topics covered in the course. The course curriculum has been redesigned so that there is an enhanced focus on using technology both to visualize complicated structures of structures and to gain insights into reactivity through computational chemistry. Many of the activities used in the course have been adopted as a result of my attendance of cCWCS/CWCS workshops (Metals in Biology, Computational Chemistry for Chemical Educators, and Inorganic Chemistry at the Frontiers of Catalysis). Activities used to teach bioinorganic chemistry, spectroscopy, catalysis, and structural chemistry will be highlighted.