I modified the Barb Reisner/Joanne Stewart/Maggie Geselbracht First Day TOC activity (https://www.ionicviper.org/class-activity/introducing-inorganic-chemistr...) to take advantage of the quarterly list of Top 10 Most Read articles that IC sends out. This is delivered to me as an email from ACS pubs and I am sure that it is available to anyone who wished to subscribe to the updates. I have attached a pdf copy of the August 2013 update as an example. ACS also keeps a running (monthly) list of the top 20 most accessed articles on the website for IC (http://pubs.acs.org/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=inocaj) which could be used in a similar way.
This change (away from a complete TOC) provides a smaller list of possible articles for the students to look through covering what are the most exciting new developments in the field.
I have also modified the question list to get at something I am very interested in personally: the interdisciplinarity of Inorganic Chemistry. I did this using the last question about the techniques used in the paper of their choice and the discipline (Physical, analytical, organic. etc) with which they normally associate those techniques.
- A student should be able to identify the various sub-disciplines of inorganic chemistry.
- A student should be able to discuss the interdisciplinarity of inorganic chemistry in light of the papers reported quarterly in the Top 10 IC articles
I had the students work in pairs to brainstorm and then choose an article that mutually interested them. I had asked the students to bring electronic devices to class on the day of the activity. As it turned out, the discussion went long and I sent them home to answer the last two questions, which made it even easier for them to look at pics and abstracts on the web.