JCE 90.12—December 2013 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education December 2013 Cover

Changing the Landscape of Chemical Education

The December 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is available online to subscribers. This issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available to subscribers.


Norbert Pienta takes stock at the end of the 90th volume of JCE in An Anniversary and a Longer Look Back, reaffirming JCE’s mission and philosophy: to provide high-quality content for our readers and a publishing venue for chemical educators.

Chemistry: It’s Elemental

Cover: Bismuth Crystals

In Bismuth Crystals: Preparation and Measurement of Thermal and Electrical Properties, Gianna Alemán Milán, Brian Millier, Andrew Ritchie, Craig Bryan, Sarah Vinette, Bjorn Wielens, and Mary Anne White describe a laboratory experiment introducing students to solid-state and materials science. The experiment illustrates long-range translational order, crystal growth, and the macroscopic manifestations of that order. This is visually demonstrated through the novel preparation and characterization of large, well-formed bismuth crystals.

Additional Elemental Lab

Is There Ni in My Liquor? A Hands-On Laboratory Exercise for Relating Chemistry to Extractive Metallurgy
by Damian W. Laird and David J. Henry

Discussions about Elements

What Do Chemists Mean When They Talk about Elements? by Elena Ghibaudi, Alberto Regis, and Ezio Roletto

Thomas Midgley, Jr., and the Development of New Substances: A Case Study for Chemical Educators
by Hélio Elael Bonini Viana and Paulo Alves Porto

Which Elements Are Metalloids?by René E. Vernon

Celebrating the Work of Loretta Jones

Award Address

How Multimedia-Based Learning and Molecular Visualization Change the Landscape of Chemical Education Research
by Loretta L. Jones

Current Research by Loretta Jones

Self-Assembled Student Interactions in Undergraduate General Chemistry Clicker Classrooms by James R. MacArthur and Loretta Jones

Chemical Education Research

Gathering Evidence for Validity during the Design, Development, and Qualitative Evaluation of Thermochemistry Concept Inventory Items
by David Wren and Jack Barbera

Using Ordered Multiple-Choice Items To Assess Students’ Understanding of the Structure and Composition of Matter
by Jan C. Hadenfeldt, Sascha Bernholt, Xiufeng Liu, Knut Neumann, and Ilka Parchmann


Specialization, Chemistry, and Poetry: Challenging Chemistry Boundaries
by João Carlos Paiva, Carla Morais, and Luciano Moreira

The Struggle with Voice in Scientific Writing
by Reuben Hudson

Letter Writing as a Service-Learning Project: An Alternative to the Traditional Laboratory Report by Michael W. Burand and O. Maduka Ogba

Chemistry in Health & Medicine

Visualizing Smoking Hazard: A Simple Spectrophotometric Determination of Hydrogen Cyanide in Cigarette Smoke and Filters
by Andriana R. Surleva and Gabi Drochioiu

PharmaChemistry in the Classroom: A Drug-Discovery Experiment for the High School Chemistry or Biotechnology Classroom
by Emily Garcia Sega and Jewyl Clarke

Measuring Tablet Dissolution: An Experiment for Teaching Quantitative Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy
by Mazen L. Hamad

Additional Introductory Labs

Solution Preparation and Conductivity Measurements: An Experiment for Introductory Chemistry
by Zeynep Eslek and Aysen Tulpar

Following Precipitation Reactions with Conductivity Measurements
by Zeynep Eslek and Aysen Tulpar

Resources for Teaching

Development of a Web-Based, Student-Centered Stereochemistry Tutorial
by Nicola J. Burrmann and John W. Moore

Run-D.M.C.: A Mnemonic Aid for Explaining Mass Transfer in Electrochemical Systemsby Deon T. Miles

A Numerical Exercise To Teach Electrochemical Impedance Using Electric Circuit Simulation Software
by Antonio A. Moya

Instructional Resources for the New MCAT Exam Available at the Open-Access, Pre-Health Collection within MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative
by Stephanie Brouet, Melissa Cichowicz, Henry V. Jakubowski, and Laura S. Zapanta

Roles of Terminology, Experience, and Energy Concepts in Student Conceptions of Freezing and Boilingby Paul G. Jasien

In the Archives: Chemistry & Art

This issue includes Investigating Art Objects through Collaborative Student Research Projects in an Undergraduate Chemistry and Art Course
by Gary Wells and Michael Haaf. Using art as a venue to teach chemistry is also the theme of these articles from past issues:

JCE Resources for Chemistry and Art (from 2001 and earlier) by  Erica K. Jacobsen

Art as an Avenue to Science Literacy: Teaching Nanotechnology through Stained Glass
by Kimberly A. Duncan, Chris Johnson, Kyle McElhinny, Steve Ng, Katie D. Cadwell, Greta M. Zenner Petersen, Angela Johnson, Dana Horoszewski, Ken Gentry, George Lisensky, and Wendy C. Crone

Art, Meet Chemistry; Chemistry, Meet Art: Case Studies, Current Literature, and Instrumental Methods Combined To Create a Hands-On Experience for Nonmajors and Instrumental Analysis Students by Delana A. Nivens, Clifford W. Padgett, Jeffery M. Chase, Katie J. Verges, and Deborah S. Jamieson

Inexpensive, Near-Infrared Imaging of Artwork Using a Night-Vision Webcam for Chemistry-of-Art Courses by Gregory D. Smith, Elizabeth Nunan, Claire Walker, and Dan Kushel

Crime Scene Investigation in the Art World: The Case of the Missing Masterpiece by Katharine J. Harmon, Lisa M. Miller, and Julie T. Millard

Teaching Science in Art by Erich S. Uffelman

The Chemistry of Art and the Art of Chemistry by C. Kafetzopoulos, N. Spyrellis, and A. Lymperopoulou-Karaliota

It’s a Jolly Holiday with 90 Years of Chemistry

This issue marks 90 years of providing useful materials for chemical educators. We wish you a happy holiday season filled with opportunities to enjoy chemistry, such as: The Five Senses of Christmas Chemistry by Derek A. Jackson and Andrew P. Dicks.

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