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Plath, Kathryn L Instructor

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  • This year, two studies have been taken on with the intent of improving general chemistry education. Belonging in STEM: The objective of this project is to perform a pilot survey to gather preliminary data on whether gender, sexuality, or ethnicity has an effect on the belonging uncertainty (the sense of social belonging) and ability uncertainty (the sense of ability to succeed) in general chemistry 1 (CHEM 1113) students at the University of Colorado Boulder. Metacognition: The main objective of this study is to teach metacognition and related study and exam-taking strategies to undergraduate students in STEM courses and to determine which strategies students choose to adopt to be successful on exams in these courses. This study will gather data by administering a survey in class before the first exam and at the end of the semester, and will correlate survey results with exam scores and class grades.

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  • Teaching Critical Thinking, Metacognition, Belonging, Persistence in STEM

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  • CHEM 1031 - Environmental Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Lect. and lab. Applications of chemical principles to current environmental issues including acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion, the Antarctic ozone hole, solar energy conversion and fuel cells, and the environmental consequences of nuclear war. Laboratory experience is included. No credit given to chemistry or biochemistry majors this course if students already have credit in any college-level chemistry course numbered 1113/1114 (formerly 1111) or higher.
  • CHEM 1113 - General Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Lect., rec. Intended for first-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Subjects: components of matter, stolchiometry, classes of reactions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, electron configuration, chemical bonding, molecular shapes, covalent bonding, organic compounds, intermolecular forces, equilibrium. Department enforced prerequsites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (min grade C-); high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 1114. Not open to engineering students with exception of EPEN majors. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1400 or CHEN 1211.
  • CHEM 1114 - Laboratory in General Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Lab. Intended for first-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Instruction in experimental techniques which coordinate with lecture topics in CHEM 1113. Department enforced prerequisites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (min grade C-); high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequisites: CHEM 1113. Not open to engineering students with exception of EPEN majors. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1401 or CHEM 1221.
  • CHEM 1133 - General Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Lect., rec. Intended for second-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Subjects: acid-base equilibria, buffers and titrations, thermodynamics, redox reactions, electrochemistry, transition elements and their coordination compounds, solubility/solubility equilibria, crystal field theory, kinetics, nuclear chemistry. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1134. Same as CHEM 2100.
  • CHEM 1134 - Laboratory in General Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Lab. Intended for second-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Instruction in experimental techniques which coordinate with lecture topics in CHEM 1133. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1133. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 2101.

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