Higher Education

Introductory Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 1st Edition

  • Joe March University of Alabama
  • Craig P. McClure University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • ISBN-10: 0840062214  |  ISBN-13: 9780840062215
  • 272 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
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This hands-on workbook encourages active, collaborative learning and helps build a stronger conceptual understanding of chemistry by guiding students through self-directed explorations using POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning). The book's active learning activities ask students to look carefully at new problems, construct logical conclusions based on observations, and discuss the merits of their conclusions with peers. POGIL is designed to improve student retention rates and to teach students to think analytically and collaboratively in teams, like scientists do, rather than attempt to memorize the material.

Features and Benefits

  • A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTIVE LEARNING. Each activity follows a common format: Objectives, Getting Started sections, the Model, Reviewing the Model, Exploring the Model, Exercising Your Knowledge, and Summarizing Your Thoughts to make it easy for students to follow and complete each exploration.
  • OBJECTIVES prepare students for each activity and help them complete the final Summarizing Your Thoughts section, while GETTING STARTED sections give students just enough contextual material to enable them to conduct the activities on their own.
  • THE MODEL presents the data needed to conduct the experiment in the form of tables, drawings, descriptions, or other appropriate formats and is followed by a REVIEWING THE MODEL presents probing questions to help students assess whether they understand the problem.
  • EXPLORING THE MODEL, a guided section, helps students see the logical argument being built and enables them to access the necessary resources or knowledge for moving into the next section of a problem.
  • EXERCISING YOUR KNOWLEDGE sections show students what they have discovered in their explorations and presents questions that allow them to demonstrate their knowledge.
  • SUMMARIZING YOUR THOUGHTS sections helps students make new connections about their observations of the model through summary writing and self-assessment of their group work.

Table of Contents

1. Jumping Through Science with a P.O.G.I.L. Stick.
2. Representing the Little Things in Life.
3. So You Want to Mix Things Up? (States of Matter and Mixtures).
4. How Many Gills in a Kilomutchkin? (Measurements and Units).
5. It's a Small, Small World (Atomic Theory).
6. Significant Figures are not just for History Class (Scientific Notation and Significant Figures).
7. Periodic Advances at the Table (The Periodic Table).
8. A Compound by any Other Name (Classification of Ionic and Covalent Compounds and Their Nomenclature).
9. Counting to a Trillion Trillions (The Mole Concept).
10. It's a Balancing Act.
11. What's Going On? (Chemical Reactions).
12. How Much is Possible? (Limiting Reactants).
13. Gases and the Laws.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joe March

Joe March is an Assistant Professor at University of Alabama-Birmingham and is in charge of the General Chemistry sequence. His research interests include guided-inquiry materials and use of technology in the undergraduate curriculum. In 2003, he was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Craig P. McClure

Craig McClure is an Assistant Professor at University of Alabama-Birmingham. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2004.