"Not only do these materials give excellent examples of what it takes to do credible environmental science, but also of what the societal context of this activity might be." --Thomas G. Dunne, Reed College
This introductory module explores the structure/solubility relationships of organic compounds, explains how to extract pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables, analyzes the extract for pesticide content using gas chromatography, and uses the data collected as a basis for discussion about the issues surrounding pesticide regulation. Intended for use in the laboratory portion of an introductory environmental chemistry or general chemistry course.
A detailed Instructors' Manual is available for adopting professors.
Other environmental laboratory modules in this series include The Chemistry of Water by Susan Kegley and Joy Andrews.