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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 205-209

Nuclear Chemistry Under Western New York: A Lesson for General Chemistry

Dominic L. Ventura* and Angela D. Poblocki

Math and Natural Sciences Department, D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201,
Received April 10, 2014. Accepted May 30, 2014.

Published: 27 June 2014

Abstract. A major challenge that faces us as educators is igniting excitement in students about a certain topic.  One method of obtaining the interest of students is by relating textbook topics to everyday life.  Relating nuclear chemistry to the Buffalo, NY area, in locations near to D’Youville College, has sparked an interest in this topic and has caused it to become one of the favorite subjects among the students. Although few realize it, Western New York has a strong past involved in nuclear chemistry, especially during World War II.  This manuscript explains and investigates the use of this information to engage students in the undergraduate classroom.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; nuclear chemistry

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