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Teaching Physical Chemistry-Let’s Teach Kinetics First
Physical Chemistry Curriculum Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
  • James M. LoBue, Georgia Southern University
  • Brian P. Koehler, Georgia Southern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2007
DOI
10.1021/bk-2008-0973.ch017
Disciplines
Abstract
Arguments for the presentation of kinetic theory and chemical kinetics as the first topics taught in the initial physical chemistry course are presented. This presentation allows the first topic in physical chemistry to be mathematically more accessible, to be highly relevant to modern physical chemistry practice, and to provide an opportunity to make valuable conceptual connections to topics in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. Preliminary results from a recent survey of physical chemistry teaching practice are presented and related to the primary discussion. It was found that few departments of chemistry have adopted this order of topical presentation.
Citation Information
James M. LoBue and Brian P. Koehler. "Teaching Physical Chemistry-Let’s Teach Kinetics First" Washington, DCPhysical Chemistry Curriculum Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? (2007) p. 111 - 112
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brian_koehler/12/