Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lab Overload

This semester I am teaching two lecture sections and four (3-hour) laboratory sections of Organic Chemistry each week. This is, in effect, double of what I was teaching last year at this time, since the enrollment in Organic Chemistry doubled this year compared to last. At Dominican University, teaching a lab section is worth half […]

Structure Drawing Software

Yesterday, I hosted an extra-curricular workshop for my students to expose them to the chemistry structure drawing freeware put out by Advanced Chemistry Development (ACD). The current version of Chemsketch is very impressive. I was hoping that students would be interested in drawing structures for their lab reports. I had the technology folks download the […]

Data Analysis in Sophomore Organic Chemistry Lab

One of the outcomes of the OChemOnline dynamic sophomore organic chemistry laboratory is the collection and production of data sets. In this regard, there are at least two pertinent questions that need to be addressed: 1) What should be the student’s expectations for data analysis? and 2) Just how “good” is student-generated data? This week […]