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A Case of Respiratory Distress

This clinical case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in chemistry and physiological processes in t ...

A Light Lunch?

This case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in chemistry and obesity related factors. The case is ...

Accidental Drowning or Foul Play?

This case was developed for use in the first semester of a sophomore organic chemistry laboratory to illustrate how a combination of techniques is ...

Aliens on Earth?

The discovery of a bacterium capable of substituting arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA was announced with much fanfare in 2010. It was immediately ...

An Adventure in Stereochemistry

Playfully alluding to Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice Through the Looking Glass, this case study considers the problems that would ari ...

Bilirubin

In this case study, two students meet a professor who surprises them by telling them that a biochemically important molecule’s structure has ...

Cats Have Nine Lives, But Only One Liver

In this case, a college student gives her cat Tylenol not knowing its potential harmful effects. The cat survives, but the incident motivates her ...

Chirality and the Origins of Life

In this case study, students are guided through an example of how the amplification of enantiomeric excess in prebiotic amino acids may have contri ...

Developing a Holistic Understanding of Hybridization and Resonance

This case study is the result of the author's efforts to help students master the complex concept of resonance by unifying multiple concepts across ...

Disaster at the Daisys’

This directed case study was written to help students understand both organic and inorganic analysis of forensic evidence. It tells the story of a ...

Fat Facts

It's Mother's Day and Dolly, a high school senior, is making a Mediterranean salad for her mom, who is a college chemistry major and who likes to t ...

Good to the Bone

This case study is designed to introduce students to how the bone’s architecture influences movement and the roles cells play in bone growth ...

Hall of Fame or Shame?

This case study involves the structure elucidation of the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone or THG by the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory. T ...

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad for the Apple Industry?

In this interrupted case, students analyze a peer-reviewed article and apply the scientific method to solve an agricultural mystery. A fictional ap ...

Katie’s Day at the Spa

This case study examines the chemistry of nail polish. Traditional nail polish is made from nitrocellulose whereas the new process of shellac manic ...

Oh, What a Difference a Carbon Can Make!

Sarah, trapped in the middle of a two-hour lecture on enzyme inhibition, attempts to escape by asking a question. She relates an old story she hear ...

Organic Chemistry and Your Cellphone

This case study guides students through a systematic exploration of the synthesis and properties of poly(phenylene vinylene) (PPV), the first conju ...

Organic Food

Currently there is considerable confusion surrounding the use of the term "organic" as applied to food and other consumer products, but within the ...

Properties of Gases: A Case Study of the Bends

In 2012, Mike Prickett, a world-renowned underwater cinematographer, was working on a commercial photo shoot in Tahiti when he witnessed a fellow d ...

Sweet Truth

This case reviews concepts of monosaccharide, disaccharide, and polysaccharide and contrasts the structures of different pairs of carbohydrates as ...

The Case of the Missing Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has claimed approximately one-third of the commercial honeybee population in recent years. A number of causes have b ...

The Chemistry of Cocaine

This case study on the chemistry of cocaine is in the form of a classroom discussion between a professor and her students about cocaine, its addict ...

The Chemistry of Cooley's Anemia

Young parents, Max and Andrea Forest, learn that their child is suffering from the genetic disorder, thalassemia. Treatment requires a lifetime com ...

The Chemistry of Curcumin

This case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in organic chemistry and the health-promoting chemical ...

The Molecular Origin of Life: Replication or Metabolism-First? Advanced Version

This case explores both the evidence and inconsistencies in the two major hypotheses for the origins of life on Earth: Replication-First or Metabol ...

The Purple Pill

This interrupted case study is designed to teach students about chirality and the pH scale in the context of medicinal chemistry. Students read abo ...

The Spark of Life

In biology classes, students are typically taught that spontaneous generation does not take place. And yet, at the origin of life, life had to aris ...