Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Whitaker, R.D.; Truhlar, L.M.;Williams, M.D.; Yuksel, D.; Walt, D.R. J.Chem. Ed. 2010, 87, 634-636.
Most experiments in introductory undergraduate organic
chemistry laboratories are based on following experimental
procedures and obtaining an expected result, requiring a minimal
degree of analysis and little critical thinking. This type of laboratory
teaching format is widely used, but recently, emphasis has
been placed on bringing a research-like environment to teaching
laboratories, enabling students to develop critical-thinking skills,
experience the atmosphere of a scientific research laboratory, and
participate in more discovery-based research. In addition
to the pedagogical advantage, research-based teaching laboratory
experiments increase students' interest in scientific research.
A two-session laboratory experiment is presented that provides
students with a discovery-lab experience that simulates realworld
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