P854: Strategy for a two-semester physical chemistry laboratory course [WITHDRAWN]

Author: Luis Avila, Columbia University, USA

Co-Author: Elena Bront de Avila, The College of New Rochelle, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

A prototype for a two-semester Experimental Physical Chemistry course is presented. The fall semester course experiments train the students to collect and interpret experimental thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport phenomena data, using three series of structured (manual-based) experiments. The rest of the semester cultivates the students’ problem-solving skills. At the end of the course every student writes three reports and presents three posters and three PowerPoint presentations to their peers. For the second semester of the course, we classified the experiments into thematic explorations: molecular spectroscopy, surface chemistry, and laser spectroscopy. During the first six weeks of the semester, the students work on structured laboratory experiments. The students report their findings as situational oral presentations in the format of their choice (slide, chalk talk, or poster), role-playing simulation-based scenarios. The rest of the semester, groups of students work on an independent research project that they choose in consultation with the course instructors.