Journal of College Science Teaching; Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p56-60, 5p
CURCUMA, CHEMISTRY education, CHEMISTRY experiments, ORGANIC chemistry, and TAUTOMERISM
The article presents a case study which centers on the chemistry of curcumin. One of the objectives of the case was to examine the main concepts in organic chemistry, which include keto-enol tautomerization, resonance theory, antioxidant chemistry, organic acids and bases, and metal chelation. For the study, students were grouped into five or six. It was found that several students had difficulty creating different resonance structures.