Group Actions and Dynamics for Group 20

The group first formed during lab, in which we all decided to set out to find the most interesting article that fit the assignment. On January 26 we selected our article, and allocated tasks among group members. The articles we selected from ranged from bombs to condoms to Viagra, and the article on insecticides was chosen for its relevance to organic chemistry. The group met regularly throughout February and March for a total of eight meetings. Each meeting lasted between an hour and two hours, and with the exception of one meeting in a group memberŐs apartment, each was held in Memorial Union.

Each group member was to find two to three web sites about two different compounds from the article. Once the editorial was drafted the group decided on what web sites were most relevant as links. The editorial was repeatedly proofread and altered by every group member.

Advantages of working in this group are more people to break up the workload, all group members were reliable, fresher ideas all around. The main disadvantage to working with a group of college students is scheduling convenient group meeting times for all involved. It was difficult to meet deadlines when everyoneŐs schedules were so different. In some areas of the assignment it was not possible to distribute work evenly among group members, particularly in the writing of the editorial. Some tasks became more difficult when trying to work in larger numbers. To some extent there was a study group formed among our group members, where notes could be shared, concepts clarified and labs discussed. Each group member learned to cooperate with people of very diverse personalities and attitudes.

Overall the project was beneficial in both its academic and its social aspects. Given the chance to do similar projects, we would request to select group members outside lab groups, and also that lab or class time be allocated to the assignment.