World Journal of Chemical Education
ISSN (Print): 2375-1665 ISSN (Online): 2375-1657 Website: http://www.sciepub.com/journal/wjce Editor-in-chief: Prof. V. Jagannadham
Open Access
Journal Browser
Go
World Journal of Chemical Education. 2016, 4(4), 73-75
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-4-4-1
Open AccessArticle

Petroleum Chemistry in Organic Chemistry Textbooks and its Possible Connection to Public Knowledge

Michele M. Sanner1, Julian A. Neagu1 and Steven C. Farmer1,

1Department of Chemistry, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, United States

Pub. Date: July 04, 2016

Cite this paper:
Michele M. Sanner, Julian A. Neagu and Steven C. Farmer. Petroleum Chemistry in Organic Chemistry Textbooks and its Possible Connection to Public Knowledge. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2016; 4(4):73-75. doi: 10.12691/wjce-4-4-1

Abstract

Organic chemistry textbooks are constantly growing due to the need to include modern material. However, the amount of content is limited by their physical size, which brings up concerns that old, very important, topics will be excluded to make room. To point out this ominous trend, we have tracked the coverage of the topics, petroleum and petroleum chemistry, in organic chemistry textbooks from 1856 to the present day. We have uncovered the troubling trend that, starting in 1970, the coverage of these topics has steadily diminished. Also, through polls we have shown that the general public has very little knowledge of how petroleum shows up in their lives. We imply that there is a connection.

Keywords:
organic chemistry textbooks public knowledge petroleum pedagogy

Creative CommonsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

References:

[1]  Good, R., “Science Textbook Analysis, “J. Res. Sci. Teach., 30 (7). 619. Aug.1993.Hirsh, H., Coen, M.H., Mozer, M.C., Hasha, R. and Flanagan, J.L, “Room service, AI-style,” IEEE intelligent systems, 14 (2). 8-19. Jul.2002.
 
[2]  Occelli, M., Valeiras, N., “Science Textbooks as Research Objects: a Bibliographic Review,” Ensenanza De Las Ciencias, 31 (2). 133-152. Sept.2013.
 
[3]  Hawkes, S.J.,” Why Should They Know That?, “ J. Chem. Ed., 69 (3). 178-181. Mar.1992.
 
[4]  Gillespie, R.J., “Reforming the General Chemistry Textbook,” J. Chem. Ed., 74 (5), 484-485. May.1997.
 
[5]  Naughton, W., Schreck, J., Heikkinen, H., “Seeking Evidence for ‘‘Curricular Relevancy’’ within Undergraduate, Liberal Arts Chemistry Textbooks,” J. Res. Sci. Teach., 45 (2). 174-196. Dec.2008.
 
[6]  Farmer, S. C., “Continued Linear Growth of Organic Chemistry Textbooks,” Chem. Educator, 18 (1). 273-274. Sept.2013.
 
[7]  Westbrook, G. T. (2005). A Salute to the WWII Pioneers in the Petroleum refining and Chemical Industries. http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/.../MD2013_Executive_Summary.pdf (Accessed June 2015).
 
[8]  Exxon Mobile, 1940-1945 The War Years, http://www.exxonmobil.com/NA-English/Files/90thPstr3WarYears.pdf (Accessed June 2015).
 
[9]  Kolb, K.E., Field, K.W., Organic Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry Explained: Foundations and Applications, http://www.chemistryexplained.com/Hy-Kr/Industrial-Chemistry-Organic.html (Accessed June 2015).
 
[10]  Rodrique, J., World Annual Oil Production (1900-2011) and Peak Oil (2010), http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch5en/appl5en/worldoilreservesevol.html (Accessed June 2015).