JCE 90.07—July 2013 Issue Highlights

JCE Cover July 2013

Innovative, Relevant, and Effective Chemistry Education

The July 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available.

Cover: NMR Spectroscopy

Students work together on a guided-inquiry laboratory exercise in which they use nuclear magnetic resonance to explore electronegativity and periodic trends, as discussed in the article How Does Atomic Structure Affect Electron Clouds? A Guided-Inquiry NMR Laboratory for General Chemistry by Michael A. Everest and Jeffrey M. Vargason.  Other articles in the issue on NMR include: a model collaboration integrating NMR across the chemistry curriculum; a living, online NMR FID database; a molar relaxivity experiment; natural product experiment.

Editorial and Commentaries on Changes to the MCATs

Norbert Pienta, Editor-in-Chief, discusses in Defining a Playing Field: Where Does “Pre-Med” Fit? how the chemical education community has the opportunity to make changes to the content and delivery of introductory courses in general and organic chemistry. This editorial serves to introduce several ideas about change and the following commentaries on the premedical curriculum:

Rethinking Premedical and Health Professional Curricula in Light of MCAT 2015
by Charles Brenner

Chemistry in the Premedical Curriculum: Considering the Options by 
Joel I. Shulman

Moving from Recommendations to Innovations: Increasing the Relevancy and Effectiveness of Chemistry Education by Mary K. Carroll

The New MCAT: An Incentive for Reform or a Lost Opportunity? by Melanie M. Cooper

Additional Medicinal Chemistry

Fact or Fiction? General Chemistry Helps Students Determine the Legitimacy of Television Program Situationsby Mark A. Milanick and Ruth L. Prewitt

Learning Nuclear Chemistry through Practice: A High School Student Project Using PET in a Clinical Setting
by Lucia Liguori and Tom Christian Holm Adamsen

“Molecules-in-Medicine”: Peer-Evaluated Presentations in a Fast-Paced Organic Chemistry Course for Medical Students
by Ekaterina N. Kadnikova

Summer Reading

Four JCE book reviewers present a summer’s worth of book and media selections for delving into when you have some spare time.

Chemistry Education Research

In Chemistry Education: Ten Facets To Shape Us, Vincente Telanquer discusses 10 different complementary perspectives from which chemistry content in introductory courses can be analyzed. This multidimensional view may help chemical educators enrich their understanding of chemistry as a teaching subject and enable reconceptualizations of the chemistry curriculum. In addition, assessment is discussed in two articles:

Measuring Learning Gains in Chemical Education: A Comparison of Two Methods  by Thomas C. Pentecost and Jack Barbera

Identifying Differential Performance in General Chemistry: Differential Item Functioning Analysis of ACS General Chemistry Trial Tests
by Lisa Kendhammer, Thomas Holme, and Kristen Murphy

Practical Paper & Pencil Activities

Understanding Diffraction Using Paper and a Protractor by 
Michael J. Samide

Thermometry as a Teaching Tool for Graphing: A First-Day Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experiment
by Lea W. Padgett and Catherine E. MacGowan

Innovative Investigations Using Gels

An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Controlled-Release Drug Delivery from Hydrogels: An Experiment for High School Chemistry and Biology by Joanna L. Sylman and Keith B. Neeves

Creating and Experimenting with Fire Gel, an Inexpensive and Readily Prepared Insulating Material
by Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Dakota J. Mork, Levi D. Norris, and Christopher D. Maniére-Spencer


Hands-On Explorations

Educational Light-POD: An Activity for Middle and High School Students To Explore the Principles of Analog Transmission Using Photoacoustic Modulation of Fluorescence
by Lorenzo Echevarria and Florencio Eloy Hernandez

A Caffeinated Boost on UV Spectrophotometry: A Lab for High School Chemistry or an Introductory University Chemistry Course by
Kevin Dooling, Kurt Bodenstedt, and Michael F. Z. Page

Understanding Vibrations

Using Atomic Orbitals and Kinesthetic Learning To Authentically Derive Molecular Stretching Vibrations
by Adam J. Bridgeman, Timothy W. Schmidt, and Nigel A. Young

QVibeplot: A Program To Visualize Molecular Vibrations in Two Dimensions byMathias Laurin


Developing Tools for Undergraduate Spectroscopy: An Inexpensive Visible Light Spectrometer by Jesse R. Vanderveen, Brian Martin, and Kristopher J. Ooms

A Convenient and Cost-Effective Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer Purging Setup for the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
by Ying Sun, Ye Zou, and Gang Ma

Good Laboratory Practice

Good laboratory practice is discussed in three papers by Richard C. Wedlich and co-authors: 1. An Introduction; 2. Recording and Retaining Raw Data; 3. Implementing Good Laboratory Practice in the Analytical Lab

From the Archives: Soapy Science

Soap is a very engaging subject for the teaching of chemistry. This issue contains an example of a soap industry case study that was used to motivate and engage students in the chemistry of daily life. Past issues include other soapy resources such as:

Making Usable, Quality Opaque or Transparent Soap

JCE Classroom Activities: Soapmaking and Colorful Lather Printing

A History and Exploration of the Craft of Soapmaking

JCE Resources for Chemistry and Cleaning 

With over 1000 Issues of JCE Available, There’s Always More to Explore

You will find all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.

The January 2013 issue will be available as a sample issue for the entire year. If you like what you read, subscribe! If you have something to share, write it up!