An environmentally focused general chemistry laboratory

Morgan Mihok, Joseph T. Keiser, Jacqueline M. Bortiatynski, Thomas E. Mallouk

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Abstract

In the spring of 2003, The Pennsylvania State University run a wastewater treatment laboratory with 15 second-semester general chemistry students. Students were challenged to develop their own procedure to analyze and treat a model wastewater sample. For the final project, students worked in pairs to identify the contaminants in the samples they were given, to estimate their concentration, to devise a strategy for removing them, and to estimate their residual concentration in the treated samples. In their reports, students wrote about possible sources of their contaminants and to compare and contrast the techniques they used in the laboratory setting to those that could be used at the scale and within the economic constraints of practical wastewater treatment. At the end of the course, an attitudinal survey was conducted to gauge students' perceptions of the value of the laboratory experiment. By using tools they already mastered, the students solved the problem that they considered relevant to environmental issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-252
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume83
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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Mihok, M., Keiser, J. T., Bortiatynski, J. M., & Mallouk, T. E. (2006). An environmentally focused general chemistry laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education, 83(2), 250-252.
Mihok, Morgan ; Keiser, Joseph T. ; Bortiatynski, Jacqueline M. ; Mallouk, Thomas E. / An environmentally focused general chemistry laboratory. In: Journal of Chemical Education. 2006 ; Vol. 83, No. 2. pp. 250-252.
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