P591: Transforming the lecture into a virtual laboratory with Mathematica

Author: Robert J. LeSuer, Chicago State University, USA

Co-Author: Kristy L. Mardis, Chicago State University, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAK B1100

Related Symposium: S44

Access to various forms of technology in the classroom setting is continuing to increase, and students are demanding more engaging, interactive experiences in the classroom. Additionally, faculty are searching for ways to shift classroom experiences towards the upper levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, focusing more on the analysis and evaluation of information rather than the dissemination of facts and concepts. We have been exploring how the Mathematica software package from Wolfram Research can be used to facilitate this shift in teaching style and have designed a number of activities. These activities span the curriculum from General Chemistry to Physical Chemistry and Instrumental Methods and incorporate the scientific literature, graphical literacy and simulation of instrumentation not available within the department. The details of several Mathematica activities will be presented along with how their incorporation into the curriculum has altered the concepts and rigor assessed. The benefits and challenges of using Mathematica as a pedagogical platform for Chemistry will also be highlighted.