Monday July 30, PM Sessions

S35: Strategies for Student Success in the Transition from General to Organic Chemistry

Organizers: David Goode (Mercer University, USA), Kevin Bucholtz (Mercer University, USA)

Presider: David Goode (Mercer University, USA)

Nationally, an increasing number of students are enrolling in a two-year general and organic chemistry sequence as part of a major, a minor, or a prerequisite for professional school. These courses are challenging for students due to the range of intellectual capacities necessary for success within the sequence. General chemistry can be broadly characterized by its quantitative approach with a wide range of topics, which is necessary for an introductory level course. Organic chemistry, a highly cumulative course, focuses on topics in a much more qualitative manner. For many students, the transition in approaches from general to organic chemistry can be a challenging and difficult process. This symposium will focus on pedagogy and curriculum implemented into the lecture and laboratory of second semester general and first semester organic chemistry to address this transition.

     Introduction 2:00pm-2:05pm

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