Chemistry – Tom Greenbowe

Tom Greenbowe is currently a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of Oregon.  He has been teaching in the introductory chemistry program at UO for seven years. Prior to his move to Oregon he was the Morrill Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University and worked in the ISU general chemistry program for 25 years.  Tom has been involved with the AP Chemistry program and the College Board since 2007.  Tom has served as a Table Leader and Question Leader for the AP Chemistry Exam from 2008 to 2021. Tom was appointed to AP Chemistry Test Development Committee from 2008 to 2012. In 2012 and in 2019 Tom attended AP Chemistry Professional Development Workshops that provided training and materials focusing on the new AP Chemistry framework and curriculum and the use of guided-inquiry in the classroom.

Throughout his teaching career Tom has integrated computers into his teaching. In 2005 Tom Greenbowe and Profs. John Gelder from Oklahoma State University and Michael Abraham from the University of Oklahoma received an NSF grant to a new technology project ( that provides activities before class, during class and after class using a learning cycle design to help student better understand introductory chemistry content. Participants in this workshop will have access to an APSI web site that includes homework assignments (with answers), sample examinations (with answers) and additional activities that can be incorporated into the classroom, as well as access to the GAG (Gelder-Abraham-Greenbowe) computer simulations URLs.

Tom Greenbowe and John Gelder recently worked with the ACS AACT to develop and produce an up-date to the “Metals and Metal Ions Activity”  (aka Activity Series of Metals) computer simulation in CSS/JAVA/HTM5.  This simulation is currently being used by over 5,000 chemistry teachers.

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©2021 ACS American Association of Chemistry Teachers  Authors: Thomas Greenbowe University of Oregon, John Gelder Oklahoma State University, Adam Boyd AACT, Monica Wixon AACT.

Why attend an in-person APSI?  Meaningful discussions and collaborations with colleagues. AP Chemistry teachers engage in a paper chromatography experiment using 12 good laboratory techniques to produce excellent results. The teachers collaborate and design an active learning guided-inquiry module on chromatography designed to improve student understanding of chemistry.

AP Chemistry Test Question assessing student understanding of chromatography.