Virtual Classroom Visit: Sam Thomas, Organic Chemistry

These videos are part of an ongoing project by Phil Gay and David Hammer called Student Centered Teaching at Tufts. Videographers visit classes around campus to record faculty members in the process of teaching in their classrooms, and to hear each faculty member’s reflections afterward, as they observe themselves interacting with students.

Chemistry Professor Sam Thomas introduced undergraduate students to advanced concepts in his organic chemistry class videotaped in the Spring 2015 semester. Topics included correlation spectroscopy, which concerns how protons are coupled, and the formation of polymers and products like polyurethane. Professor Thomas discusses how this class marked his first time teaching some of these concepts and reflects on his pedagogical strategies.