Thursday August 2, AM Sessions

S78: Modernizing the Instruction of Atoms, Molecules, and Bonding in General Chemistry Courses

Organizers: David Woon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), Beth Lindquist (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Presider: David Woon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Many aspects of the material covering atoms, molecules, and the nature of chemical bonding that are currently presented in general chemistry textbooks and courses are dated and fail to reflect the mature state of knowledge on the topic, particularly from the perspective of modern quantum chemistry. More robust and intuitive models are available than Lewis structures, Pauling hybridization, and VSEPR theory. This symposium will allow presenters to describe alternate strategies for teaching the subject matter, whether the material is in development or already in use. While the primary emphasis of the symposium will be on new approaches to the material itself, talks that address the weaknesses of existing material or characterize student misconceptions about atoms, molecules, and bonding will also be appropriate, as are talks that describe new pedagogical insight into accurately conveying core concepts about the subject.

     Introduction 9:30am-9:35am

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