Exp5 - Sc Inquiry w11

Exp5 - Sc Inquiry w11 - SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY Experiment 5...

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1 SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY Experiment 5 INTRODUCTION A fundamental tenet of any laboratory course is that science should be a hands-on experience. Perhaps the best way to teach chemistry would be to do away with textbooks and lab manuals and to simply allow each student to have access to an unlimited number of chemicals. While this might be a great theory, it’s not realistic. Although, the idea for this experiment is to go in that direction. Therefore, we are removing the constraints of typical experiments in order to let each of you study one aspect of chemistry that interests you. There is no assigned experiment. No assigned topic. No assigned reading. Instead, you and a partner will select the topic, pick up an experiment from the literature, and read the necessary background material. You will write down the list of chemicals, glassware, and instruments needed. You will decide which data to collect, how many times to repeat the experiment, and how to improve the experiment if it were to be repeated by another group of students. Time, however, is a constraint with which we must deal. With unlimited time your assignment would be to create an experiment. With only a few weeks allotted to this project, your assignment is to find an experiment or topic in the scientific literature which lends itself to the general chemistry laboratory, prepare for that experiment or a modification of it, perform the experiment, and then submit a report of your results. Partners must be from the same lab group, day and aisle. PROCEDURE – The project is divided in three parts. Part A In the week of February 7, you will learn how to use the library research tools (university catalog, international electronic databases. ..). Librarians from the Schulich library have prepared a handout and a video especially for this course. Both can be found either on your course WebCT or by clicking the following link: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/library findinfo/courses/guides/chem120/ . It is highly recommended that you start your research soon after watching the video, when instructions are fresh in your mind. You and your partner have to find two suitable experiments and submit them to your demonstrator by February 25 . Drop them in your demonstrator box. Indicate which one is your #1 choice, or we will decide for you. .. For each experiment submitted , you must include: The complete list of apparatus and chemicals, including the amounts needed (page 6) a photocopy of the experiment text , with full reference (Author, Title, Journal Name, Year of Publication, Volume Number, Page Number) visible on the first page.
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2 Refer to the list of chemicals posted on WebCT and to the RULES AND RESTRICTIONS given at the end of the present document to make sure that the experiments you submit are acceptable.
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course SCIENCE CHEM 120 taught by Professor Fenster during the Winter '11 term at McGill.

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