GROUP ACTIONS AND DYNAMICS Mike Borgstadt, Todd Bennett, Howard Wang, Greg Watson In a class like chemistry, group projects and studying is very important in helping understand the material. Most people, and our group would agree, learn better by studying in groups rather than doing it individually. Groups allowed us to see the problems that we encountered from a different point of view as well as gain a better understanding of the chemistry behind the news items. As far as our group's actions are concerned, we met very frequently. We met about once every two weeks, either to study new material or to work on the semester project. We met for approximately for two hours at a time and in that two hours we learned more than if we would have study alone. Meeting in groups helped our comprehension of the material greatly. The first time we met, we picked out a news article to use in our semester project. We spent over a two hours finding a news item, which was both appropriate, and interesting to research. We went through many articles before we found one that fit our needs. This was the most difficult part of the project. After we found our article, we started finding many links that corresponded to our topic. After finding the links, it was just a matter of summarizing the article and incorporating the links that we found. Over all, this process took about eight to ten hours to put together our project. The other times we met, we discussed the material that was covered in class and in the book. This especially helped when we were covering the material over stereochemistry. We all obtained a greater understanding of the chemistry by seeing it through the others perspectives. Getting together in groups had more benefits than just learning. We met new people in our group that had similar interests and majors. This could help us in future classes because we already have built a foundation for a study group with each other. We know how each of us learns best and that could be beneficial to making better grades in upper level courses. All in all, we felt that group studying was beneficial and look to doing it in the future.