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Greetings from Rochester, NY


Joe Lanzafame

Rochester Institute of Technology

I teach largely General & Analytical Chemistry.  My students are largely STEM non-Chemistry majors with a few Chemical Engineers thrown in.

The biggest challenge is the motivational level of the students.  They almost resent being "forced" to take chemistry.  As a result, they are attempting to survive the course, not master the course.


I can relate Joe.  I used to teach statistics and research methods to students in the humanities.  It was like pulling teeth.  I used as many examples as I could think of to interest them.  I'm a huge "news hound" and speaking of chemistry, I came across this video a while back about the chemistry of ice cream that had me curious even though I never took chemistry:



I assume you've tried this sort of approach?