P825: Know your students, know your institution

Author: Ray Dudek, Wittenberg University, USA

Co-Author: Adam Parker, Wittenberg University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S52

New professors, and those returning to teaching after several years away, spend much of their time and energy on preparing class material and becoming knowledgeable about the subject they will be teaching. Often overlooked is the importance of developing ways of gaining quick and useful feedback from the students, and making sure your pedagogical style and course goals are in line with those of your home institution. This talk will give tips on how to develop a rapport with your students so you can teach them more effectively, and how to ensure that your course does not stand out at your institution for all the wrong reasons.

P743: Mnemonic devices for thermodynamic relationships

Author: Ray Dudek, Wittenberg University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

Students are presented with over a dozen equations learning thermodynamics which can be overwhelming when seen the first time. Mnemonic devices are employed so that remembering these relationships is much easier, and makes the equations more accessible. Their use can be particularly valuable on standardized exams where time is limited and equations are not given. This talk will present 3 mnemonic devices. The first is an Energy Pie developed by Fieberg and Girard (1). The second is an energy square created by Rodriguez and Brainard (2). The last one, called VAT-VUS is a creation of this author. 1. Fieberg, Jeffrey, E. and Girard, Charles, A. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1544 2. Rodriquez, Joaquin and Brainard, Alan, J. J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 495