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Abstract Volume 2 Issue 2 (1997), S1430-4171(97)02112-2

Enhancing Instruction in Upper Division Chemistry at California State University, Fullerton

Katherine Kantardjieff

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Molecular Structure, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92634-9480

Published online: 26 June 1997

Abstract. At California State University, Fullerton the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Physics have jointly established an active learning instructional computer facility where students explore models and data in the upper division chemistry and physics curricula. This facility is also a component of a larger W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Molecular Structure, a core research and education center where faculty and students throughout the California State Universities have the opportunity for joint research and teaching activities directed at the determination and critical analysis of molecule structures. An array of Silicon Graphics workstations and a server housed in an "electronic classroom" provides a networking medium linking students and faculty across our curricula to resources and courses with common themes, but traditionally segregated. Our multidisciplinary approach has maximized resources, and introduction of chemical computation into the curriculum has had a positive pedagogical impact. Students have responded enthusiastically to the electronic classroom. Computers provide visual reinforcement and interpretation for concepts and principles that students may have difficulty understanding and that cannot be treated easily or well by the problem-solving methodology.

Key Words:  Computers in Chemistry; pedagogy

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Issue date: June 26, 1997

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