Adopt-A-Molecule: A guided Inquiry for Increasing Student Interest in Organic Chemistry

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This paper discusses the "Adopt-A-Molecule" project, a 9-week long, two-part term project, undertaken by students enrolled in the first of the 2-semester sequence in organic chemistry (Fall 2009).

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Creation Date: April 15, 2010
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Musgrave, Paul

University of North Texas

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Dandekar, Sushama Ashok

University of North Texas; Faculty Mentor

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  • Creation: April 15, 2010
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This paper discusses the "Adopt-A-Molecule" project, a 9-week long, two-part term project, undertaken by students enrolled in the first of the 2-semester sequence in organic chemistry (Fall 2009).

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Abstract: Adopt-A-Molecule was a 9-week long, two-part term project, undertaken by students enrolled in the first of the 2-semester sequence in organic chemistry (Fall 2009). This newly developed project was an attempt to increase students' interest in organic chemistry by giving them semester-long opportunities to actively explore a range of organic compounds and their varied applications in the real world. Several substances commonly found in food, medicines, personal care products, sports equipment, etc, were selected for this project. At the beginning of the semester, each student was assigned one of these substances, which they "adopted" for the term. During the first 5 weeks, prompted by a series of questions to guide their inquiry, students gathered, and reported weekly, information regarding various properties of their adopted molecule. Many of the questions paralleled the topics under discussion in class. The following week, each student created a "Molecule Profile" that included all the previously gathered information, along with the other interesting facts that they had uncovered. A sample profile was shown briefly in class, but no template was provided, and students were encouraged to use their creativity to build visually appealing profiles. The student-generated profiles were then published to the class. Everyone was expected to browse the profiles created by their classmates and then answer a series of "compare-and-contrast"-type questions, assigned over the next three weeks. Anecdotal evidence suggests that students enjoyed this activity and that the project helped increase students' awareness and interest in the chemical world around them.

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Keyword(s): organic chemistry | molecules | organic compounds
Source: Seventh Annual University Scholars Day, 2010, Denton, Texas, United States
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UNT Honors College
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