Session S41d (Wednesday, 2pm, Wartik 110)

P786: Highlighting chemical history and achievement in the organic chemistry curriculum

Kevin Bucholtz (Mercer University, USA)

Organic chemistry can be a distant subject and distinct from other courses that students have taken in their college careers.  Students struggle to recognize the relevance and relatedness of the material to their own lives.  Many textbooks work to address this by incorporating sidebars and vignettes to supplement the traditional content.  However, these additions are usually surface-level descriptions and rarely go into substantial detail to describe the impact and significance that the examples have in the students’ everyday lives.  To provide more substantial examples, several approaches have been implemented and will be discussed.  They include the use of the book Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson as a supplemental text, integration of examples from the primary literature, and introduction of profiles of individual researchers and their work.


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