This Learning Object came to being sort of (In-)organically on the first day of my sophomore level intro to inorganic course. As I always do, I started the course with the IC Top 10 First Day Activity. (https://www.ionicviper.org/classactivity/ic-top-10-first-day-activity). One of the pieces of that In class activity asks students- novices at Inorganic Chemistry- to sort the articles from the Most Read Articles from Inorganic Chemistry into bins of the various subdisciplines of Inorganic Chemistry. As the discussion unfolded, I just sort of started spontaneously drawing a Venn Diagram on the board.
I think Venn diagrams are an excellent logic tool, one that is too little applied these days for anything other than internet memes. This is a nice little add-on activity to the first day.
Your Venn diagram will likely look different from mine. You're right.
The successful student should be able to:
- identify the various sub-disciplines of inorganic chemistry.
- apply the rules of logic diagrams to construct overlapping fields of an Venn diagram.
colored chalk may be handy but not required.
I used this activity in conjuction with a first day activity LO (also published on VIPEr).
I shared a clean copy (this one) with the students after the class where we discussed this.
I did not assess this piece, except by participation in the discussion
I asked my students to write an open ended essay to answer the question (asked in that first day exercise): What is Inorganic Chemistry.
Interestingly, 2 of my 15 students drew a version of this Venn Diagram to accompany their essays.