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Award Abstract #0340873

P-Chem with a Purpose - Developing Context-Rich Materials for Physical Chemistry Lecture

NSF Org: DUE
Division Of Undergraduate Education
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Initial Amendment Date: December 9, 2003
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Latest Amendment Date: December 9, 2003
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Award Number: 0340873
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Kristina Parsons
DUE Division Of Undergraduate Education
EHR Direct For Education and Human Resources
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Start Date: January 15, 2004
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End Date: December 31, 2005 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $57,415.00
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Investigator(s): Michelle Francl mfrancl@brynmawr.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899 (610)526-5298
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NSF Program(s): CCLI-EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS DEV
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Program Reference Code(s): 7427, 9178, SMET
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Program Element Code(s): 7427

ABSTRACT

Chemistry (12) This proof of concept project is addressing the revitalization of the physical chemistry curriculum through the development of a cohesive set of context-rich materials to supplement physical chemistry lecture courses. In the form of modules, these materials interweave historical, biographical, and technical perspectives on modern research areas related to physical chemistry. They are designed to directly engage students with examples drawn from the primary literature using a mix of conceptual questions and quantitative problems and provide instructors with a resource that can be easily integrated into either a traditional lecture course or an active learning environment at a wide variety of institutions. The project is utilizing a cohort of adopters to both assess and refine the materials. Tested modules along with supporting documentation are being disseminated through a web site.

 

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