JCE 90.08—August 2013 Issue Highlights

JCE August 2013 Cover

Promoting Interest in and Understanding of Chemistry for 90 Years

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

Cover: Visual Isotope Effects

Color changes in the vials (at 30, 90, 330, and 930 s, back to front) of Cr(VI) oxidation reactions demonstrate a visually accessible kinetic isotope effect. When students are shown this in-class or the , they are able to see an isotope effect as evidence for a rate-determining C–H abstraction step in the oxidation process.


In his guest Editorial, Brian P. Coppola discusses  and examines the fundamental questions about the goals, needs, and objectives of an education.

Chemistry Education Research: Examining Student Views of Learning

In , Elzbieta Cook, Eugene Kennedy, and Saundra Y. McGuire examine how many students experience difficulty because they are focused on memorizing facts and formulas instead of understanding concepts and developing problem-solving skills. In their research, they find that students can be successful if they are taught how to shift their efforts from low-level to higher-order thinking.

Kristina M. Mazzarone and Nathaniel P. Grove look at and find that the beliefs they hold about the very nature of learning are essential to the attitudes, beliefs, and expectations that students bring to their study of chemistry.

Periodic Table

by Guluzar Eymur, Pinar Çetin, and Ömer Geban

by Jodye Selco, Mary Bruno, and Sue Chan

by Jennifer N. Hennigan and W. Tandy Grubbs

by Emili Besalú

Dominik J. Weiss, Caroline Harris, Kate Maher, and Thomas

Inquiry-Based Activities with a Consumer Chemistry Focus

by Rhonda L. Stoddard and J. Scott McIndoe

by Takeshi Wada and Nobuyoshi Koga

by Mario González-Jiménez, Jorge Arenas-Valgañón, Isaac F. Céspedes-Camacho, Juan Carlos García-Prieto, Emilio Calle, and Julio Casado

Organic Chemistry

Learning Games

by Rayane F. Moreira

by Michael L. Eastwood


by Tina M. Bott and Hayley Wan

by Jason M. Stacey, Andrew P. Dicks, Aaron A. Goodwin, Brittney M. Rush, and Manisha Nigam

by Amy M. Balija and Aileen M. Reynolds

by Douglass F. Taber and Jack Qiu

by Douglass F. Taber and Craig M. Paquette

Chemical Education Research

by Andrew G. Karatjas

Teaching with Technology

by Adalet B. Günersel and Steven A. Fleming

by Lee J. Silverberg

by Wilfredo Credo Chung

by Jan H. Jensen and Jimmy C. Kromann

From the Archives: Demonstrations

Lecture demonstrations have been part of the Journal's history from the beginning. This issue features a demonstration on the cover and others, including a simple demonstration of .  Past issues include many demonstrations, such as:

from 1925

Hubert N. Alyea's many columns for Tested Demonstrations,

A discussion of kinetics and the blue bottle demonstration  in 1963, and many variations of this now classic demonstration, including a  and accompanying  from 2003

With 90 Years of Issues, There's a Wealth of Resources Available in JCE

You will find all of the , and many more, in Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

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