P1014: Hands-on laboratory safety training for upper division chemistry majors

Author: Kimberly D. Edwards, University of California - Irvine, USA


Date: 8/7/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAK B1110

Related Symposium: S73

Chemistry majors at the University of California, Irvine are required to attend a half -day hands-on safety training at the start of an upper division inorganic chemistry lab course. After students complete 2+ hours of online training at home, EH&S and Chemistry faculty engage them in activities dealing personal protective equipment, spills, fire extinguisher use, risk assessment, fume hood function, and compressed gas safety. Accident scenarios are then discussed and the students participate in eye wash and emergency shower demonstrations. The online preparation, logistics, and content of these training activities will be discussed.

P373: Spartan modeling of general chemistry experiments

Author: Kimberly D. Edwards, University of California Ð Irvine, USA


Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

Computational chemistry is being used in conjunction with many of the “wet” general chemistry experiments at the University of California, Irvine. These Spartan activities serve to further student understanding of the chemical concepts inherent in the laboratory activities. While students become familiar with the growing field of computational chemistry, they are able to visualize molecular shape, geometry, and bond angles. Furthermore, the investigation of molecular orbitals, various energies, or charge separation can be performed by the students to further their understanding of the theory behind a “wet” experiment. These computational activities will be presented with a brief description of the experiment they accompany.