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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 83-86

The Use of a Student Active Approach to Help Overcome Barriers to Learning in Physical Chemistry Lecture

Todd Wimpfheimer

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Salem State University, Salem, MA 01970,
Received December 14, 2016. Accepted February 21, 2017.

Published: 18 May 2017

Abstract. Physical chemistry can be a very challenging course for students. They often lack the mathematical skills, study habits, and appropriate attitude to achieve success. This paper will discuss how student active approaches have been used in a physical chemistry lecture class at Salem State University for the past six years. Barriers to learning, student attitudes and classroom atmosphere will be discussed. Student and instructor assessment on how well student active strategies helped them learn will be presented.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; active learning

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