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Consumer Chemistry Updates

Supplementary Resources

Reference Material -- Since this RWLO is intended for nonscience students investigating current drug and/or consumer product changes, information that is too involved/complicated is readily available yet not desirable.  The guiding principle driving this RWLO should be "Keep It Simple" so as to not overwhelm the intended audience.
  • Websites
    The majority of this RWLO can be executed without reference to internet sources other than those mentioned throughout the various portions of "Consumer Chemistry Updates."  For example, additional information on drug classifications and categories can be gathered through the sites listed for the students in 'Content Material.'  General websites may be investigated including the sites for the U.S. Food and Drug Admini-stration ( ), the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition ( or ), the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program ( ), and the U.S. Pharmacopeia ( ).
  • Hard References
    The textbook required by the Consumer Chemistry course being taught should have a chapter covering drugs and their classifications along with an overview of organic functional groups.  Conceptual Chemistry by John Suchocki (McGraw-Hill) and Chemistry for Changing Times by John Hill and Doris Kolb (Prentice-Hall) provide examples and struc-tures of a variety of products within the drug categories with general overviews as to the mode of action involved.
    Any library will have the latest edition of the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) available for proprietary and generic drug information along with dosing and side effects applicable to the drug being investigated.  The U.S. Pharmacopeia Dictionary of U.S. and International Drug Names is available at larger libraries for more inclusive cross-referencing of drugs.
    Information concerning non-drug products (such as cosmetics and soaps) may need to be researched on an individual basis yet the focus on the chemistry of the product should be emphasized and, therefore, the course textbook should be a sufficient resource for the student.