Session S31b (Monday, 2pm, Osmond 101)

P246: Using Food Detectives and Chemistry Now in the classroom

John Woolcock (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Food Detectives is TV show hosted by Ted Allen that was designed to “answer all the burning questions you have about food with real science”. Each episode has multiple segments of varying lengths that investigate or describe such questions as: What chemical elements are present in foods? Does drinking ice water burn calories? Does alcohol burn off during cooking? Chemistry Now is a joint venture between NSF and NBC Learn that provides video segments and internet resources on a variety of topics such as the Chemistry of Pumpkin Pie and the Chemistry of Smell. We will examine how the segments from these sources can be used to illustrate or teach chemistry concepts to Nutrition and Dietetics students in a non-majors chemistry course.


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