Main group element paper and presentation
Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College
Students research an application of one of the main group elements and prepare a paper, a short in-class presentation, and a test question. This provides the class with a survey of the main group elements and their practical applications.
This assignment addresses two learning goals: 1) to study the chemistry of the main group elements and 2) to learn about the role inorganic chemistry plays in other disciplines of chemistry. In addition, students work on the goal of improving writing and oral communication skills. It also allows students to bring some of their individual interests to the project.
Students have looked at chlorine and fluorine in drinking water (including a trip to the water treatment plant), neon in neon lights, III/IV semiconductors, ITO coatings, etc.