Case Study

You have been hired by a firm as a chemist. Pick a problem and find a solution:

How to create a substitute for plastics (chapter 9)
Switching to a new fuel source from petroleum (chapters 5-7)
Find ways to mitigate acid rain damage to a local corn crop (chapters 8 and 13)
Filter and purify toxic air emissions (sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides) from a factory (chapters 2 and 4)
Filter and purify toxic wastewater emissions (phosphorus and nitrogen compounds) from a factory (chapters 4 and 8)
Integrated Pest Management – Discover ways to decrease pesticides for a major agricultural company (chapter 13)
Find a way to integrate a variety of flavors into the newest gum produced by a candy company (chapters 10 and 11)
Investigate increasing a food item’s nutritional value (chapters 10 and 13)
Create a new beer/wine using natural flavors synthesized (chapters 10 and 11)

Have a different idea? Email your instructor for approval!
You have the option of writing a 3-4 page paper or creating a presentation using PowerPoint (or similar software) and recording a narrated presentation using Kaltura (Links to an external site.).
For this final case study, you must:

Identify the problem
Explain the chemistry behind the problem (lean on information from the chapters and your own research)
Propose a hypothesis on how to fix the problem (see video: How to Write a Hypothesis (Links to an external site.))
Describe what research says about the solution to the problem
Describe the pros and cons of your solution to the problem
Predict the future of this problem based on contemporary research

Other requirements:

Current edition of APA must be used

If writing a paper:

Including APA paper formatting with a cover sheet, in-text citations, and references (no abstract is needed)

If creating a presentation in Kaltura:

In-text citations and references in APA format

See the Wilmington University Library Guide (Links to an external site.) for help as well as templates
Consult with the library and/or Student Success Center (Links to an external site.) when citing your sources

At least 3 reputable sources, of which 1 must come from the library’s databases

Avoid blogs and .com sites