Session S26b (Monday, 2pm, Thomas 117)

P305: Development and implementation of guided inquiry experiments for physical chemistry

Robert Whitnell (Guilford College, USA), Alexander Grushow (Rider University, USA), Sally Hunnicutt (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)

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 are being used to develop inquiry-based physical chemistry experiments that emphasize macroscopic and molecular models of chemical phenomena. We describe our initial work with physical chemistry experiments in areas such as chemical kinetics, solvent effects on chemical equilibria, phase transition behavior, spectroscopy, and computational chemistry. We also discuss how we are building a community of instructors who have started collaboration on generating and using POGIL-PCL experiments. This presentation will discuss the general structure of a POGIL physical chemistry experiment with specific examples, give an overview of past and future workshops and experiments under development, and discuss ways in which interested physical chemistry laboratory instructors can become involved in POGIL-PCL.

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