P896: Putting the liberal arts chemistry laboratory in context
Chemistry in Context has been a leader in helping students understand how chemistry impacts their lives and society. The laboratory manual that accompanies the 8th edition of the text continues this tradition with 34 experiments designed to teach basic laboratory techniques and scientific principles in the context of wider societal issues. For example, students investigate refrigerant gases, compare the energy content of different fuels, measure pH of rainwater, and determine the sugar content in their drinks. In addition, the experiments have been rewritten in this edition to incorporate the Science Writing Heuristic, thus enabling students to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific process through asking questions, answering them experimentally, and writing and reflecting on their results. This presentation will explain the pedagogical aims and provide specific examples from the new edition of the Chemistry in Context laboratory manual.