JCE 90.11—November 2013 Issue Highlights

Ninety Years New

The November 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 at .

Cover: Observations and Demonstrations

Six substances are shown on the cover at their melting points, with a frozen solid phase partially present in the liquid phase. Of the six systems, only solid water has a lower density than its liquid. In the article , Steven Murov discusses the liquid−solid density relationship of the water−ice system as an example of an often-overlooked observation. In addition to providing an experience that shows the anomalous behavior of water, this demonstration helps emphasize for students the importance of making careful, complete, and unbiased observations. Murov also presents a .

Editorial: Energy in the Age of Sustainability

As a continuation to the October issue’s examination of , Héctor D. Abruña discusses how meeting global energy needs in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way is one of the .


In , William Tolman and co-authors describe an effective way of addressing the need for an improved culture of safety in research-intensive science departments.

Massive Open Online Courses in Chemistry (MOOCs)

Two articles in this issue continue the dialog started in the March 2013 editorial, See a letter from Liberato Cardellini on as well as a technology report on 
by Alexey Leontyev and Dmitry Baranov.

Chemical Education Research

As discussed by Vicente Talanquer in , anthropomorphizing atoms and molecules and building explanations in terms of wants or needs (teleological explanations) can be useful pedagogical strategies for facilitating student understanding of abstract chemical models about the structure and properties of matter at the submicroscopic level. Nevertheless, teleological explanations generate an illusion of understanding that may hinder learning in the longer term.

In , Kevin M. Esterling and Ludwig Bartels present an evaluation of the impact of an atoms-first curriculum on student success in introductory chemistry classes.

General Chemistry

Labs Involving Light & Color

by Edward Maslowsky, Jr.

by Inês M. V. Leitão and J. Sérgio Seixas de Melo

by Cristina Barrocas Dias, Marco Miranda, Ana Manhita, António Candeias, Teresa Ferreira, and Dora Teixeira

Organic Chemistry

Curriculum: Old and New

Jeffrey R. Raker and Thomas A. Holme

by Jeffrey Raker, Thomas Holme, and Kristen Murphy

In the Laboratory

by Brad Andersh, Wayne B. Bosma, Margaret K. Hammar, Jessica A. Graves, Kathryn N. Moon, and Chareese R. Newborn

by Alaina E. Hamilton, Audrey M. Buxton, Christopher J. Peeples, and Justin M. Chalker

by Bruce H. Lipshutz, Zarko Bošković, Christopher S. Crowe, Victoria K. Davis, Hannah C. Whittemore, David A. Vosburg, and Anna G. Wenzel

Physical Chemistry

Learning Strategies

by Daniel C. Southam and Jennifer E. Lewis

Projects & Activities

Exploring the Nature of the H2 Bond. and by
Arthur M. Halpern and Eric D. Glendening

by Supriya Ghosh, Mayank Kumar Dixit, S. P. Bhattacharyya, and B. L. Tembe

by Katherine V. Darvesh

by Scott Simpson, Alex Van Fleet, and Eva Zurek



by Isaac Mittendorf and James R. Cox

by Gregory J. Crowther and Katie Davis


Julie T. Millard, Edward Chuang, James S. Lucas, Erzsebet E. Nagy, and Griffin T. Davis

Joaquim T. Marquês and Rodrigo F. M. de Almeida

ConfChem: IYC 2011 Initiatives in Global Chemical Education

ConfChem online conferences are free, open to the public, and run by the ACS DivCHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education (). The discussed IYC 2011 Initiatives in Global Chemical Education and in this issue showcase a variety of projects and initiatives associated with the United Nations International Year of Chemistry ()

JCE Speaks 90 Volumes of Useful Material

With 90 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something useful—including 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,