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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 064-069

Integrating Chemical Information Skills in a Problem-Based Second Semester Organic Chemistry Laboratory toward the Synthesis of Adipic Acid

Ryan E. Denton*,† and Eric A. Snajdr

†Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, ‡University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46202,
Received December 29, 2013. Accepted February 17, 2014.

Published: 21 March 2014

Abstract. There is a continued need for laboratory experiments that integrally involve chemical information skills with designing and solving a laboratory research problem. Herein, we describe a learning experience where second semester organic chemistry laboratory students carry out their own research activities toward the synthesis of adipic acid. This lab was developed out of a strategic partnership between the University Library and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The primary objectives of this lab include integrating chemical information skills into a problem-based laboratory experiment, increasing scientific research ability for chemistry students by involving a research cycle, and bolstering student perceptions of research and laboratory work. The relevance, safety, cost, scalability, growth potential, and success of this learning experience are also discussed.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry

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Detailed student handouts, instructor/teaching assistant materials, and instructor lecture materials (instructor_lecture.ppt) are available (3.4 MB).

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