Case-Study General Chemistry Curriculum Supplements

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Instructors/Faculty Information        

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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  Concept Map of Pedagogy
  • Conceptually, the pedagogy employed by ChemCases may be diagrammed as follows.

1.  Chemistry quietly shapes our world.


  2. Curriculum Supplements map chemical and cultural concepts at ever-increasing levels of cognition.
Four C's

  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