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Quiz and in-class worksheet

Karen Hudson-Edwards
Birkbeck, University of London
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For 1st year 'Introduction to Geochemistry'

  • a pre-lecture quiz reviewing the previous weeks' lecture materials
  • an in-class worksheet allowing students to practice skills relating to chemical reactions

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The course is a 1st year undergraduate, half-year course called 'Introduction to Geochemistry' for Geology and Environmental Geology students. The course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry (although it does assume some math knowledge) and covers all geochemical fundamentals (the atom, periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions and kinetics, isotopes, aqueous geochemistry, mineral chemistry, weathering) that students will need in subsequent courses. The course is delivered both face-to-face and by distance learning via CD-ROM.

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Both activities are stand-alone exercises that are done in the classroom (for face-to-face students) or via email (distance learners).


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Students are able to work in groups for both activities (although most choose not to do so).

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Students work on both the quiz and worksheet during the class period. I ask students to correct each other's work, I circulate through the class to make sure students understand the problems, and I go over the answers on the whiteboard.

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