Session S26d (Wednesday, 9:30am, Thomas 117)

P724: ChemConnections activity workbook: Actively teaching general chemistry in context

Kevin Braun (Beloit College, USA), Sharon Anthony (Northland College, USA), Heather Mernitz (Alverno College, USA)

What is the difference between a trans-fat and an omega-3 fatty acid? How is acid rain formed? How much energy is in my food? This session will introduce activities from the ChemConnections Activity Workbook that includes 59 classroom-tested activities written in the context of societal and environmental issues. These activities will help students learn general chemistry content and simultaneously understand how chemistry relates to issues such as climate change, ozone depletion, recycling, greener fuels, and nutrition. The activities were designed with attention to pedagogy and student learning styles and use a variety of activity styles including data analysis, laboratory, guided inquiry, and discovery.


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