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(446) EnviroChemLibrary: An Internet Resource that Links Environmental Research to the Classroom.
Lee, Cindy*,1, Hengpraprom, Sarunya1, Cooper, Melanie1, Elzerman, Alan1, 1 Clemson University, Anderson, SC, USA
ABSTRACT- Research in environmental chemistry is taking place in many departments other than chemistry departments yet a growing number of chemistry departments are offering courses or specialization in environmental chemistry. Support from the National Science Foundation has resulted in a website (http://www.ces.clemson.edu/ecl/) that provides case studies and modeling problems that link real data generated by researchers in a wide variety of settings with students and instructors. Students have the opportunity to develop skills necessary for data reduction and interpretation of results that are rarely available at the undergraduate level. EnviroChemLibrary also offers realistic scenarios for developing writing skills as well as critical thinking. Examples of problems developed for use with public domain software such as Fugacity Level I, Exposure Analysis Modeling System (EXAMS), and Visual MINTEQ will be provided. The use of case studies in classroom settings and as homework assignments will also be demonstrated.
Key words: Internet, environmental chemistry education, research, modelling
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