P679: Development and implementation of guided-inquiry experiments for physical chemistry: The POGIL-PCL project

Author: Rob Whitnell, Guilford College, USA

Co-Author: Sally Hunnicutt, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; Alex Grushow, Rider University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: MAN 122

Related Symposium: S15

The NSF-funded POGIL-PCL project implements the principles of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in order to improve student learning in the physical chemistry laboratory (PCL) course. POGIL principles have been used to develop inquiry-based physical chemistry experiments that emphasize modeling of both macroscopic and molecular chemical phenomena. Project results include physical chemistry experiments in areas such as chemical kinetics, phase transition behavior, equilibrium thermodynamics, spectroscopy, and computational chemistry. We have also employed workshops to build a community of instructors who are currently working together to develop, review, refine, beta-test and implement experiments in a variety of undergraduate environments. In this presentation, we describe the general structure of a POGIL physical chemistry experiment and give an overview of experiment development and implementation. We also discuss ways in which interested physical chemistry laboratory instructors can become involved in the POGIL-PCL project. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the NSF (DUE 1044624).