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Lisa Nicole Morkowchuk

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Chemistry
Office location and address
Room 369, Chemistry Building
409 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Lisa Morkowchuk is an instructor for Introductory College Chemistry lecture (1410/1610) and laboratories (1411/1611). She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Much of her undergraduate education was presented in a guided-inquiry format, and she quickly realized the value of peer interaction in education and the depth of understanding that comes from inquiry-based learning. Implementation of these approaches can be a challenge in courses with large enrollments, but it is one way that physical institutions can provide value above that offered by online courses. Lisa strives to continually increase the proportion of “lecture” time spent utilizing non-lecture, evidence-based pedagogical techniques.

Before coming to the University of Virginia, she taught chemistry and mathematics courses at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently lives in Culpeper, Virginia with her husband and son and enjoys endurance running in her free time.

CHEM 1410: Introductory College Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Introduces the principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. For students planning to elect further courses in chemistry, physics, and biology and to fulfill prehealth prerequisites. CHEM 1411 may be taken concurrently or after completing 1410. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1410, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1411. A grade of C- or higher is required to take CHEM 1420.
CHEM 1411: Introductory College Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1
Introduction to experimental chemistry, developing laboratory skills & safety. Students plan & implement chemistry experiments in cooperative 4-person teams using a guided inquiry approach. Process skills include developing procedures, data analysis, oral & written communication. Mathematica as a computational tool. Topics: glassware characterization & accuracy, unknown identification of & applications of solubility. 3 1/2 hour lab meets weekly. CHEM 1410, 1610, or 1810 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 1411. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1410, 1610, or 1810, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1411.
CHEM 1420: Introductory College Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Introduces the principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. For students planning to elect further courses in chemistry, physics, and biology and to fulfill prehealth prerequisites. Prerequisites: CHEM 1410, 1610, or a C- in CHEM 1810 is required. CHEM 1421 may be taken concurrently or after completing 1420. Drop or withdrawal from CHEM 1420, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1421. C or higher required for CHEM 2410.
CHEM 1421: Introductory College Chemistry II Laboratory
Credits: 1
Continuation of CHEM 1411, students plan and implement chemistry experiments in cooperative four-person teams using a guided inquiry approach. Mathematica is integrated into the course as a computational chemistry tool. Process skills include developing procedures, data analysis, communication of results, and lab report writing. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, acid/base equilibria. 3 1/2 hour lab meets weekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 1411, 1611, or 1811. CHEM 1420 or 1620 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 1421. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1420 or 1620, requires drop/withdraw from CHEM 1421.
CHEM 1610: Introductory Chemistry I for Engineers
Credits: 3
Introduces the principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. For students planning to elect further courses in chemistry, physics, and biology and to fulfill prehealth prerequisites. Prerequisite: CHEM 1611 or 1411 may be taken concurrently or after completing 1610. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1610, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1611/1411. A grade of C- or higher required for CHEM 1620.
CHEM 1611: Introductory Chemistry I for Engineers Laboratory
Credits: 1
Introduction to experimental chemistry, developing laboratory skills & safety. Students plan & implement chemistry experiments in cooperative 4-person teams using a guided inquiry approach. Process skills include developing procedures, data analysis, oral & written communication. Mathematica as a computational tool. Topics: glassware characterization & accuracy, unknown identification of, & applications of solubility. Lab meets biweekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 1410, 1610, or 1810 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 1611. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1410, 1610, or 1810, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1611.
CHEM 1620: Introductory Chemistry II for Engineers
Credits: 3
Introduces the principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. For students planning to elect further courses in chemistry, physics, and biology and to fulfill prehealth prerequisites. Prerequisites: CHEM 1410, 1610, or 1810. CHEM 1621 may be taken concurrently or after completing 1620. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1620, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1621. C or higher required for CHEM 2410.
CHEM 1621: Introductory Chemistry II for Engineers Laboratory
Credits: 1
Continuation of CHEM 1611, students plan and implement chemistry experiments in cooperative four-person teams using a guided inquiry approach. Mathematica is integrated into the course as a computational chemistry tool. Process skills include developing procedures, data analysis, communication of results, and lab report writing. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, acid/base equilibria. Lab meets biweekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 1411, 1611, or 1811. CHEM 1420 or 1620 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 1621. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1420 or 1620, requires drop/withdraw from CHEM 1621.