Philosophy of the Case Studies
Our goal in designing the Case Studies in Sports and Fitness is to use examples of chemistry in everyday life to introduce fundamental concepts in chemistry. In so doing, we hope to encourage students to become more actively engaged in the learning process.
We appreciate that there are different levels of learning required when becoming acquainted with any new topic. First, we must gain factual knowledge about the topic (for example, what language is used when discussing chemistry? what are some commonly observed patterns in the natural world?). After a base of factual knowledge is obtained, a deeper comprehension of chemistry can be realized (for example, why are certain patterns seen repeatedly in nature?). After learning new facts and understanding them, we can apply this information to new situations and analyze data. Finally, once we have a solid grounding in the new topic, we can evaluate related issues that have moral and ethical significance. (To read more about different levels of learning, refer to Bloom’s Taxonomy.)


Design of the Case Studies
Each case study includes a scenario, as well as learning goals and a color-coded concept map featuring important concepts. The different colors of the concept map illustrate different levels of learning. Clicking on any of the boxes of the concept map provides a link to a short tutorial and practice activities on that subject.

Andri L. Smith, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Carol A. Fenn, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair, Chemistry & Physical Sciences
Susan K. Henderson, Professor of Chemistry

Sarah W. Hubeny (QU 2001, BS, Biology)
Paula A. Lambert (QU 2002, BS, Chemistry)
Chandra Manuelpillai (QU 2002, BS, Health/Science Studies)
Michael Orefice (QU 2002, BS, Biology)
Colleen Thompson (QU 2009, BS, Health/Science Studies)
Kaitlyn Koenig (QU 2010, BS, Chemistry)
Web Design
Jacqueline Barcamonte (QU 2006, BA, Interactive Digital Design/Computer Science)
Michael Ciarlo (QU 2009, BA, Interactive Digital Design/Computer Science)