Session S56b (Wednesday, 2pm, Osmond 101)

P752: Atoms first at Saint Vincent College: Rationale and results

Jason Vohs (Saint Vincent College, USA)

The chemistry department at Saint Vincent College has been using the Atoms First approach for 8 years. Herein is described our overall philosophy and a summary of how our course content and choice of text have varied over time. In addition, a discussion on our decision to teach the chapter on enthalpy during the 2nd semester is included. Finally, an analysis of student performance on the ACS standardized exam is included to determine if there are gains in student learning in particular content areas.


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