Deniz Yuksel - An Investigative Approach to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory: Synthesis and Biological Testing of Penicillins

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  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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