This book, designed to encourage active and collaborative learning in the physical chemistry classroom, is a collection of group activities (ChemActivities) that can accompany any physical chemistry text. Intended to accompany one semester of the
This book, designed to encourage active and collaborative learning in the physical chemistry classroom, is a collection of group activities (ChemActivities) that can accompany any physical chemistry text. Intended to accompany one semester of the full-year physical chemistry course, it incorporates new methods for teaching chemistry, reflecting current research on how students learn.
These ChemActivities take a guided inquiry approach to the material, which teaches students how to think like scientists, rather than simply memorizing important conclusions arrived at by great scientists of the past. Students develop a strong conceptual understanding and appreciation of the material by carefully observing new situations, constructing logical conclusions based on these observations, and discussing the merits of their conclusion with peers.
There are two books in this series: Physical Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry: Atoms, Molecules, and Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry: Thermodynamics. Publishing the ChemActivities in two separate volumes allows them to reflect the typical division of content in a full-year physical chemistry course, where one semester is devoted to traditional thermodynamics and another semester to modern quantum mechanics. Separating the two volumes allows instructors to select the volume appropriate for their course.Clearly labeled scientific "Models" appear throughout each ChemActivity in bulleted and illustrated formats. These explanations of scientific theories help students develop their conceptual understanding of the material."Focus Questions" appear before each "Model" and serve as a primer for students, preparing them for the material in the ChemActivity."Critical-Thinking Questions" appear after each "Model" and ask students to explore ideas in a number of ways. Students might be required to explain a concept, draw a molecule, complete a table, or write an explanation about a topic to another student. This multi-faceted approach addresses different learning styles, helps solidify a student's comprehension, and reveal areas of weak understanding."Information" sections include background material, illustrated with figures, on the "Models" presented."Exercises" follow "Models" and test students' problem-solving ability.