From: "Morrison, Thomas B. (UMC-Student)"
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." Subject: RE: Dynamics Reports Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 20:28:07 -0600 Dr. Glaser, We are group 46: Ben Morrison Stephen Drake Lindsey Walker Chris Nichols (who kind of dropped out) Our group met once before every test and/or when ever anyone needed to discuss a certain topic. Everytime we met Morrison, Walker, and Drake were there but Nichols never showed up and then dropped out of communication from the group. The group size which ended up being three was perfect because it was easy to get together and there weren't a bunch of schedules to work with. We all got a long fine and were able to study efficiently. We think that collaboration is a good strategy for a class such as this with a absolute grading scale because there is no real feeling of competition because there isn't really a curve. Being able to teach other students in areas that you understand and having other students help you with parts that you have trouble with. We think that it might be nice if you gave group problems for each section of the class that would be done by the groups and then turned in to give the groups some material to work on. Or something along those lines. We think that the group work should stay informal as it is so the groups can work with their own pace. WE would study all of the practice exams excercises and old exams along with problems from the book. We never looked at the online materials together except for the news items which we would discuss. We were able to make the connection between organic chemistry and real life especially with the aid of the news articles which helped bring the connection into our view. In conclusion we feel that the group idea is a very good one and that you should continue to utlize it. We all feel that it helped in our understanding of organic chemistry Thanks Ben Morrison 769186 Stephen Drake 748968 Lindsey Walker 746908