Energy and the environment: A green approach to general studies physical science

Judith M. Iriarte-Gross, Department of Chemistry, Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU Box X161, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 and Martha R. Weller, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU Box 403, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

ABSTRACT: For the past three years, we have been focusing on the topics of energy and the environment as a vehicle for teaching chemistry and physics in the honors physical science lecture and laboratory course. We have found that the students are more engaged when the topics seem relevant to them as do those with a "green" focus. We have designed a "custom" textbook using select chapters from "Chemistry in Context" in addition to more traditional chapters from other texts. We have also written several laboratory activities with energy and environmental themes. Recently we have used the energy and environment approach for some sections of the non-honors physical science course. We will discuss what "works" for both groups of students in this talk.