P610: Integration of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry into a two-year chemistry curriculum and independent research experiences
The recent acquisition of a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) through the National Science Foundation Grant DUE 1140509 has allowed the faculty at Grand Rapids Community College to incorporate this instrument across the two-year curriculum. The instrument was integrated into the general chemistry sequence to clarify the differences between an element and its isotopes and to introduce the science of chromatographic separation. This technique was used in the organic chemistry lab sequence to highlight the mass spectrometry data of functional groups and to introduce basic quantitative methods. Further, more advanced quantitative methods using GC-MS were incorporated into the Instrumental Analysis course. With the goal of improving interest in and comprehension of a variety of chemistry related topics, eleven experiments have been adapted or developed to include GC-MS. The methods and outcomes of this work will be presented including grant preparation, curriculum development, student feedback, and assessment of student achievement.