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Part I: VIRTUAL LABORATORY versus TRADITIONAL LABORATORY: WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE FOR TEACHING ELECTROCHEMISTRY? Part II: THE GREEN SYNTHESIS OF AURONES USING A DEEP EUTECTIC SOLVENT

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dc.contributor.advisor Phelps, Amy en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Handy, Scott en_US
dc.contributor.author Hawkins, Ian Christopher en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-02T19:05:07Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-02T19:05:07Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3674
dc.description.abstract The role of the teaching laboratory in science education has been debated over the last century. The goals and purposes of the laboratory are still debated and while most science educators consider laboratory a vital part of the education process, they differ widely on the purposes for laboratory and what methods should be used to teach laboratory. One method of instruction, virtual labs, has become popular among some as a possible way of capitalizing on the benefits of lab in a less costly and more time flexible format. The research regarding the use of virtual labs is limited and the few studies that have been done on General Chemistry labs do not use the virtual labs as a substitute for hands-on experiences, but rather as a supplement to a traditional laboratory program. This research seeks to determine the possible viability of a virtual simulation to replace a traditional hands-on electrochemistry lab in the General Chemistry II course sequence. The data indicate that for both content knowledge and the development of hands-on skills the virtual lab showed no significant difference in overall scores on the assessments, but that an individual item related to the physical set-up of a battery showed better scores for the hands-on labs over the virtual labs. Further research should be done to determine if these results are similar in other settings with the use of different virtual labs and how the virtual labs compare to other laboratories using different learning styles and learning goals. en_US
dc.description.abstract One often cited purpose of laboratory experiences in the context of preparing chemists is to simulate the experiences common in chemical research so graduate experience in a research laboratory was a necessary part of my education in the field of laboratory instruction. This research experience provided me the opportunity, to complete an organic synthesis of aurones using a deep eutectic solvent. These solvents show unique properties that make them a viable alternative to ionic liquids. Aurones are a unique biological product in many plants and preliminary research has shown that these chemicals could be viable drug candidates. The use of the deep eutectic solvent provides a green and inexpensive way to make large numbers of different aurones quickly. In this dissertation, we show the synthesis of 12 different aurones using this method. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Aurones en_US
dc.subject Deep eutectic solvent en_US
dc.subject Hands-on en_US
dc.subject Science laboratory en_US
dc.subject Virtual laboratories en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science Study and teaching (Higher) Simulation methods en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science Experiments en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science Computer simulation en_US
dc.title Part I: VIRTUAL LABORATORY versus TRADITIONAL LABORATORY: WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE FOR TEACHING ELECTROCHEMISTRY? Part II: THE GREEN SYNTHESIS OF AURONES USING A DEEP EUTECTIC SOLVENT en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Sanger, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Fuller, Dana en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Dunlap, Norma en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Chemistry en_US
dc.subject.umi Educational technology en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Chemistry en_US


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