Conceptests for a Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Course


  • John L. Falconer University of Colorado


Examples of conceptests and suggestions for preparing them for use in an undergraduate, chemical engineering thermodynamics course are presented. Conceptests, combined with hand-held transmitters (clickers), is an effective method to engage students in class. This method motivates students, improves their functional understanding of thermodynamics, and makes the class more enjoyable for both students and instructor.

Author Biography

John L. Falconer, University of Colorado

John L. Falconer is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a President's Teaching Scholar at the university, which is the university's highest teaching recognition. His research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption and diffusion in zeolites, and zeolite membrane synthesis, characterization, modeling, and separations. He has published more than 180 papers in refereed journals, and has five patents. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 197 4, and has been at the University of Colorado since 1975.