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Achieving Chemistry Excellence: Organic Chemistry, or ACE, is a Web-based program that we have developed specifically for instructors and students of introductory organic chemistry. In the typical organic chemistry course, students work questions out of a textbook for which a solutions manual is available. Students struggle with a question for a few minutes, look up the answer, and then feel as if they understand how to answer the question. It isn't until exam time that they realize that learning an answer to a question and knowing how to answer a question are two entirely different propositions.

Computer programs that can tell students that their responses are incorrect without giving away the correct answer are an ideal solution to this problem. Many Web-based chemistry homework programs exist, but most require text-based, numeric, or multiple-choice responses. By contrast, ACE permits students to draw structural responses to posed questions with a high-quality graphical structure-drawing interface. Moreover, ACE is the only program that provides feedback that specifically addresses the mistakes that a student has made, effectively teaching students how to solve the problem without giving away the correct answer.

These pages describe the features of ACE to instructors considering adopting ACE. Learn about:

ACE's creators are Robert B. Grossman and Raphael Finkel, Professors of Chemistry and Computer Science, respectively, at the University of Kentucky, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Pearson Education, and Second Avenue Learning. We also gratefully acknowledge our friends at ChemAxon, Inc.

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