Mapping College Chemistry: Using Graphic Organizers to Solve and Understand the Toughest Unit Problems in General Chemistry

Mapping College Chemistry: Using Graphic Organizers to Solve and Understand the Toughest Unit Problems in General Chemistry

by Stephen DeMeo


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This text is a chemistry problem solving resource appropriate for teachers and their students who are enrolled in high school Advanced Placement Chemistry or in a first-year college General Chemistry course. The book incorporates a chemistry problem solving plan, one that uses an innovative graphic organizer strategy. The strategy - successfully evaluated with students - combines problem solving processes with chemical concepts that will allow students to solve the most common and difficult problems encountered in the first year of chemistry. Topical problem solving will focus on limiting reactant stoichiometry, identifying types of chemical reactions, equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry.

Why would this resource be of interest to chemistry students? To be successful (to get into a well known college, medical school, physical therapy or graduate program) often requires that students get an "A" in your pre-requisite Introductory General Chemistry course. To make matters worse, many college professors feel that only a few students should get A grades, and therefore, they give difficult exams that many students fail; this is the weeding out process that every pre-health student is apprehensive about. To succeed in this competitive environment entails not just studying harder or longer, it means re-organizing textbook content so that it is meaningful to the student. This is the first text of its kind to employ a reliable, research-based strategy that incorporates a decision-based visual tool to solve chemistry textbook problems, ones that can make or break a career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627347112
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Stephen DeMeo is a Professor of Chemistry and Science Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He has written extensively for the Journal of Chemical Education and has authored numerous books on the teaching and learning of science. His research interests include inquiry teaching, laboratory curriculum design, visual heuristics, and the ways students argue for the quality of their data.

Table of Contents

1. The Problem Solving Strategy 7

2. Nomenclature 11

Prerequisite Knowledge 11 to 17

Decision Maps 18 & 24

Do It Yourself (DIY) Problems 20 & 26

Mini Decision Map 29

3. Limiting Reactant Stoichiometry 31

Prerequisite Knowledge 31 to 41

Decision Map 42

Mini Decision Map 67

DIY Problems 68

4. Types of Chemical Reactions 105

Prerequisite Knowledge 105 to 120

Decision Maps 121 & 122

DIY Problems 125

5. Equilibrium 133

Prerequisite Knowledge 133 to 147

Decision Maps 142 & 148

Mini Decision Map 190

DIY Problems 191

6. Acid-Base Equilibria 231

Prerequisite Knowledge

Decision Maps

Mini Decision Map

DIY Problems

231 to 243, 234, 236, 244, 271, 272

7. Electrochemistry 303

Prerequisite Knowledge 303 to 314

Decision Map 315

Mini Decision Map 337

DIY Problems 338

8. Appendices 362

Making Your Own Visual Tools 362

Research on Decision Maps in Chemistry 363

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