P745: Using screencasting to make a symbolic math program accessible to physical chemistry students

Author: Lisa M. Goss, Idaho State University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

Symbolic math programs such as Mathematica, Maple, Matlab, and others have been used in teaching physical chemistry essentially since the introduction of such programs. While these powerful tools have numerous advantages, each generation of physical chemistry students struggles with mastering syntax, finding typographical errors, and generally learning the program in addition to learning the challenging subject of physical chemistry. Using screencasting to teach students to use the program as well as to teach physical chemistry with the program addresses some of these challenges. Approaches to combining screencasting with symbolic math programs will be presented along with potential problems and solutions.

P545: Flipping the physical chemistry lecture course

Author: Lisa M. Goss, Idaho State University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: LTT 101

Related Symposium: S21

The physical chemistry lecture sequence for BS chemistry majors was “flipped” during the Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 academic year. Screencast videos posted on the learning management system were used to deliver part of the lecture material to students outside of formal class time. Just-In-Time Teaching techniques were used to assess the videos and structure in-class activities. Cooperative learning techniques were also used during class time to clarify concepts, develop skills, and work a variety of problems. Some class time was also spent in the department computer lab using a symbolic math program.