Case-Study General Chemistry Curriculum Supplements

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Your students arrive in your chemistry class with an enormous diversity of background.  What if the instructional material teaching the concepts of chemistry linked to many of their common experiences?

Wouldn't it become easier to make an impact, to have active learning, showing how chemistry impacts the mainstream of our lives? units are freely available for your use.  They link chemical concepts taught in General Chemistry to responsible decision making in our society. 

The cases provide a ready resource of capsules of knowledge that challenge and entertain your students.  They provide you with a continuing, thematic source of auxiliary material to supplement your instruction.

Cases Available:

Alcohol, Chemistry and You
Nuclear Chemistry and the Community
Cisplatin and Cancer
Refrigerants for the 21st Century
Drug Pathways and Chemical Concepts
Fuels and Society a. Chemistry and History of Automotive Fuels
Fuels and Society b. Sixty Years of Tetraethyllead
Fuels and Society c. How Lead was Finally Removed from Gasoline

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Linkage of Chemical Concepts and Instructional Units Curriculum Supplements link to the chemical concepts of second semester General Chemistry.  Each instructional unit offers a case study on the issues of chemistry and society.

Chemical Concepts

ChemCases.Com Opportunity Issues of Chemistry in Society
Liquids, Intermolecular Properties Low Cohesive Forces in Refrigerant Liquids,

Institutional choices in food and diet.
Abuse of substances
Solutions Gatorade Formulation as an Isotonic Solution,
Ownership, Ethics of Testing.
Abuse of substances
Chemical Kinetics Silicones, Refrigerants
Medical Decision making
Thermodynamics Thermodynamics
and the Preparation of
, Gatorade
Safety and efficacy of medical Implants.
Difficulty of Epidemiological Research.
Environment vs. industrial efficiency, human comfort.
Equilibrium Reactions/Acid-Base Drug Pathways and Chemical Concepts Drug Abuse
Group 1-4 Elements Silicones  
Group 5-8 Elements Refrigerants Good Business Ethics, Clash of Environmental Objectives
Transition Metals Cisplatin - The Development of a Cancer Drug , Nuclear Chemistry  
Electrochemistry Cisplatin - The Development of a Cancer Drug ,
Fuel Cells
Drug efficacy,
Political decisions on energy
Oxidation-Reduction Cisplatin - The Development of a Cancer Drug Drug Efficacy vs. Side Effects
Organic and Biochemistry Review Nutrasweet Case as Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Drug Pathways and Chemical Concepts
Public Perceptions of Toxicity, Ability to Determine Safety
Nuclear Chemistry Topics/Nuclear Discussions Nuclear Chemistry in Our Lives


Waste Disposal, Nuclear Proliferation
  About is a series of curriculum units that link responsible decision making in product development with chemical principles taught in General Chemistry. 

We expect curriculum supplements will lead interested students toward the sciences, medicine, pharmacy and engineering by:

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Developing Knowledge of how the tools of chemistry are used in the service of society

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Comprehension of the conflicting information necessary to move an idea  to the marketplace

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Application of this information to show how chemical principles are used to make decisions

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Evaluation of the data to synthesize solutions to technical and non technical challenges

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Principal Investigator Laurence Peterson; Project Director Matthew Hermes.

NSF Grant DUE-9652889