PAMS Additional ETF Request2009-2010

PAMS Additional ETF Request2009-2010 - PAMS Additional ETF...

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PAMS Additional ETF Request for 2009-2010 The College would like to thank the ETF Advisory Team for its continuing support. Additional funds received in the last several years have had far reaching effects. For example, the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences used additional funds allocated from the ETF Advisory Team, along with matching funds from the College, to develop a new meteorology lab in Jordan II; the Department of Chemistry used funds allocated by the ETF Advisory Team, along with departmental matching funds and equipment donated by corporate partners, to equip its new synthesis and measurement laboratories; and the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics used funds and equipment provided by corporate partners and additional funds given by allocated by the ETF Advisory Team to help equip SAS Hall in time for Summer School I classes. The education of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students university-wide has been impacted by the generosity of the University and external partners. The departments submitted proposals to the college’s ETF committee to address their unmet needs. We have included some (not all) of those proposals below and have listed the requests in priority order. 1. Department of Chemistry: Replacement of General Chemistry Computers in FOX Labs ($50,000) Short description: The computers in the general chemistry laboratories (CH 102 and 202) will be used to view interactive web-based lab manuals (in development), to collect and analyze data, and to complete in lab assignments in Webassign. The future plans for the computers in the general chemistry laboratories involve allowing students to view interactive web-based simulations in addition to experiments involving chemicals. A current example is the use of Jmol to view and rotate small organic molecules. Future modules include utilizing Matlab to simulate wave functions, interactive examples to expand the current qualitative analysis and scheme and utilization of WebAssign features to enter graphed data for grading. Future plans also include support of web-based lab manuals to decrease textbook costs and offer detailed lab instructions with diagrams and pictures. This will decrease student costs, improve safety, and enhance consistent instruction among over 100 lab sections. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $56,000, of which the Department will provide $6,000. Impact on the student education : The use of computers is integral to our lab program. Currently, there are visual references for each experiment that display goals for the experiment, safety information, sample calculations, and other useful information pertaining to the experiment. Additionally, there are videos that can be viewed that demonstrate safety in the laboratory and experimental techniques. For data collection, a MicroLAB interface allows students to collect data directly
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