P744: Student-centered physical chemistry

Author: Jodye Selco, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

A newly redesigned Physical Chemistry course includes having students “do” physical chemistry to learn the topic. Students begin by learning how to use Excel and then examining the behavior of non-ideal gases. Thermodynamics is a series of modeling exercises using Excel to analyze heat capacity data as a function of temperature, building integrated functions of Cp(T) and comparing data for heat, enthalpy, and entropy to the calculated Cp(T) functions. The structure of the course, lessons learned, and student responses will be presented.

P616: Understanding the organization of the periodic table

Author: Jodye Selco, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

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Date: 8/5/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAK B1112

Related Symposium: S49

A new web based activity allows you to place atoms with valence electrons into the periodic table to discover the underlying organization of the chemists’ graphic organizer. All blocks of the periodic table are included, but the atoms are sorted into the main group, transition metal, and lanthanide and actinide blocks separately. Images include a variety of “guises” of the periodic table to make visible different representations. The overall activity is designed as a “game” and presents students with a “certificate” as well as printable images of the periodic table. This activity, and its physical manipulatives version, allow students to understand the periodic table organization, how to read the information it contains by virtue of element position, and how the periodic table can be used to predict molecular formula and structure. Use of this activity and how it affects student learning along with student feedback will be discussed.