The week before midterm (October 3), each student will present a poster on the descriptive chemistry of an element or group of elements. The style described in Style Guide for Chemistry Report or the ACS Style Guide must be used. You may choose your element(s), with instructor approval (by August 26). No repeats of topics will be allowed and topics will be assigned on a “first come, first serve” basis. Do not expect to cover everything. Completeness is better than breadth. For full credit, you are expected to use at least one source beyond your textbook. The poster and its presentation are worth 50 pts. Students repeating the course may not use the same topic as they did previously.
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Most cases you will choose a group of elements such as noble gases, alkali metal or halogens. The following will be assigned as single elements: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, aluminum and oxygen. Other possible groups are the lanthaniods, actinoids, or transuranium elements.
Grading Criteria for Posters
Poster Itself (35)
Follows standard/appropriate format
Central theme apparent
Pieces connect to theme
Can talk intelligently about poster
Answers questions well