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Tuesday, August 5 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
W79: The Automobile and the Periodic Table

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The presenters teach a two-semester General Chemistry course to undergraduate engineering majors using the overarching theme of Chemistry and the Automobile. This workshop will explore automotive materials (morning) and automotive-related compounds (afternoon). Participant breakout groups will be asked to identify specific examples related to these themes and to suggest ways of integrating them into the chemistry curriculum. This cycle will be repeated three times in the morning and afternoon. The three morning cycles will focus on defining broad categories of automotive materials, the issue of lightweighting the automobile and possible case studies. The three afternoon cycles will focus on redox reactions that can be connected to the automobile and ways to categorize these reactions into manageable subsets, automotive-related metal compounds, and automotive-related nonmetal compounds. The presenters will provide feedback on how these topics are integrated into their courses and a list of useful resources.


Craig Donahue

University of Michigan-Dearborn


Codruta Savu

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:30am - 5:00pm
MAK D1117