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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $27.84
  • August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93353-6
  • 256 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Clickers in Action

Increasing Student Participation in General Chemistry


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Margaret R. Asirvatham (Author, University of Colorado-Boulder)


An indispensable resource on using clickers in your general chemistry course.

Clickers, or Classroom Response Systems (CRS), have the proven ability to transform a traditional lecture course by enabling students to immediately assess their understanding and advance their problem-solving skills. Clickers give you the ability to evaluate students’ learning in real time and allow you to immediately address misconceptions or to clarify concepts.

Clickers in Action is an instructor-oriented resource that provides all the information you need to implement clickers in your course. This guide will help you choose and manage a CRS system, develop effective questions, and integrate questions into your course.

Clickers in Action provides over 250 class-tested, lecture-ready questions. Most questions include histograms showing actual student response, and insights and suggestions for implementation. Question types include macroscopic observation, symbolic representation, and atomic/molecular views of processes.

Clickers in Action is supported by extensive research on the efficacy of clickers in the classroom and the author’s considerable experience using CRS in her own lectures.


    Foreword—Veronica M. Bierbaum


    Part I—Clickers in the Classroom

    1 An Introduction to Clickers in General Chemistry

    2 The Effect of Clickers on Teaching and Learning

    3 How to Choose a CRS System

    4 Types of Questions and Student Surveys

    5 Best Practices and Sample Lecture

    6 Administrative Issues

    Part II—Questions for General Chemistry

    7 The Study of Matter and Measurement

    8 Introduction to Atomic Structure

    9 Introduction to Compounds, Formulas, and Nomenclature

    10 Mole Concept and Stoichiometry

    11 Reactions in Aqueous Solution, Molarity, and Stoichiometry

    12 Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry

    13 Gases

    14 Atomic Structure and Quantum Mechanics

    15 Electron Configurations and Periodic Trends

    16 Chemical Bonding

    17 Theories of Chemical Bonding

    18 Organic Chemistry

    19 Molecular Interactions and Properties of Solids and Liquids

    20 Entropy and Free Energy

    21 Chemical Kinetics

    22 Chemical Equilibrium

    23 Acid-Base Equilibria

    24 Solubility and Complex-Ion Equilibria

    25 Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry

    26 Oxidation-Reduction Processes and Electrochemistry

    27 Nuclear Chemistry

    28 Metals and Nonmetals

    Part III—Lecture Demonstrations

    29 Lecture Demo Instructions and Preparation Notes

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