Center for Science Inquiry
The chemistry department has six well-equipped student laboratories. One is devoted to computer-based experimentation using interface devices which allow collection and analysis of data for pH measurements, light intensity and temperature changes, or to do molecular modeling using a professional grade modeling program, HyperChem™ for visualization and property determination. Small instrumentation such as electronic balances, spectrophotometers, gel-electrophoresis, melting point determinations are routinely available in the labs.
Three instrument laboratories contain major instrumentation for spectroscopy, gas chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography, infrared analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. A special chromatography refrigerator allows students to perform biochemistry experiments at controlled low temperatures by placing small instruments and apparatus within the chamber.
What Makes Clarke Facilities Exceptional
A recently renovated “collaboratory” is used for physics and biochemistry courses. An HP “Technology in Teaching Grant” provided 20 tablet PCs that allow students and faculty to collaborate during lectures and laboratory courses. The Collaboratory is a model space for student-centered interactive learning and working in small groups where the instructor acts as the facilitator. Click here to learn more about the Collaboratory.
How Clarke Facilities Benefit Students
Small classes allow individual students to have hands-on use of research grade instrumentation beginning freshman year. Clarke’s laboratory program integrates real-life experiments and research projects as well. Students learn techniques that are used in modern chemical and medical laboratories as they analyze composition of commercial and natural products and samples from the environment.