Everyone found a couple of articles that they thought would be
good and brought them to our first meeting. We picked the article on
chocolate because we thought that it was somewhat unique. We felt that
the main advantage of group work was that it allowed for a variety ideas
from different people. We enjoyed the collaborative process of choosing
and discarding ideas. We had no real problems because everyone was
willing to do his or her share of the work and everyone was flexible with
the meeting times. One benefit of forming a group was that we all felt
more open to ask each other about homework, lecture, and lab questions.
The group interaction gave us all a chance to give ideas as well as to
give and receive constructive criticism. We feel that the group project
was a good experience and would definitely do it again.
Our first meeting was on 1/27 after our first lab session. This
lasted only about 20 minutes. Here we decided to form a group and
introduced each other. Ray mentioned that Adriene would like to join us
as well. On 2/12 we met after lab at the library to choose the articles
that we had each been searching for on our own. We evaluated each article
and chose Tamara's. We originally wanted to tie the article in with
chapter 19 (amines), but it was full. Next we chose chapter 18 (aldehydes
and ketones). On 3/16 we met again after lab at the library to discuss
the article and chapter 18. We decided that chapter 25 would be more
relevant. For the next meeting, everyone was to bring five sample
questions relating to lipids or benefits of eating chocolate. For this
meeting Alex cooked us all a special batch of his secret recipe triple
chocolate brownies. This meeting took about an hour and fifteen minutes.
We next met on 3/20 at the library at 9:30pm to select the best questions
we had come up with. Together, we all wrote the editorial, each adding
what we thought was important. This meeting lasted two hours. Our last
meeting was on 3/23 again after lab, in the Physics computer lab, to
finalize the project. Here we compiled everything, revised, and wrote the
last question. This took about two hours.
The last meetings took place on 4/11 and 4/13, where we reviewed
the other articles. These meetings took some time to read through the
articles and check out all of the links.