JCE 91.01—Janauary 2014 Issue Highlights

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The January 2014 issue marks the start of the 91st volume of the Journal of Chemical Education.  This issue plus the content of all past volumes are available online to subscribers.

The January 2014 issue will be available as a sample issue for the entire year, so the full text of all articles can be accessed without a subscription.

Cover: JCE Chemical Education Xchange Web site—ChemEd X


The panels on the cover show an alcohol-soaked fuse placed on a small mound of ammonium dichromate and ignited. The orange ammonium dichromate decomposes to form nitrogen, water vapor, and greenish-black chromium(III) oxide. The cover images are from one of the many videos available here, at the JCE Chemical Education Xchange Web site. ChemEd X aims to foster sharing of digital resources, information, and ideas among chemical educators.

Creation of an American Association of Chemistry Teachers

The Editorial and a series of Commentaries discuss the American Chemical Society’s newly created American Association of Chemistry Teachers. See:

The Role of Elementary and Secondary Schools and Their Teachers of Chemistry by Norbert J. Pienta

Creation of an American Association of Chemistry Teachers by
George M. Bodner

Welcome Home
by Deanna M. Cullen

From Occupation to Profession: A Perspective on the American Association of Chemistry Teachers
by Gregory T. Rushton

Of Compliments and Complements—International Perspectives on the American Association of Chemistry Teachers
by Peter G. Mahaffy

Secondary School Chemistry: Past and Future

From the Beginning: The Journal of Chemical Education and Secondary School Chemistry
by Joseph J. Lagowski

Chemistry in Past and New Science Frameworks and Standards: Gains, Losses, and Missed Opportunities
by Vicente Talanquer and Hannah Sevian

Chemical Education Research

Gaining Insights from a Case Study of High School Student Performance in Dual-Credit College Chemistry Courses
by Jacob White, Robert Hopkins, II, and Denise Shockley

The Science Advancement through Group Engagement Program: Leveling the Playing Field and Increasing Retention in Science
by Donna M. Hall, Amanda J. Curtin-Soydan, and Dorian A. Canelas

Computer-Based Learning

A Comparison of the Usage of Tablet PC, Lecture Capture, and Online Homework in an Introductory Chemistry Course
by Kevin D. Revell

Protein Structure and Function: An Interdisciplinary Multimedia-Based Guided-Inquiry Education Module for the High School Science Classroom
by Casey M. Bethel and Raquel L. Lieberman

Ion Association versus Ion Interaction Models in Examining Electrolyte Solutions: Application to Calcium Hydroxide Solubility Equilibrium
by M. Isabel Menéndez and Javier Borge

Computational Study of Environmental Effects on Torsional Free Energy Surface of N-Acetyl-N′-methyl-l-alanylamide Dipeptide
by Silvia Carlotto and Mirco Zerbetto

Photosynthesis in Dynamic Animations
by Milada Teplá and Helena Klímová

Teaching Concepts

A Teaching Sequence for Learning the Concept of Chemical Equilibrium in Secondary School Education
by Marco Ghirardi, Fabio Marchetti, Claudio Pettinari, Alberto Regis, and Ezio Roletto

Charting an Alternate Pathway to Reaction Orders and Rate Laws in Introductory Chemistry Courses
by Gregory T. Rushton, Brett A. Criswell, Nicole D. McAllister, Samuel J. Polizzi, Lamesha A. Moore, and Michelle S. Pierre

Teaching Thermodynamics and Kinetics to Advanced General Chemistry Students and to Upper-Level Undergraduate Students Using PV Diagrams
by Srinivasan S. Iyengar and Romualdo T. deSouza

Facets of van der Waals Radii That Are Not Commonly Included in Undergraduate Textbooks
by Philip A. W. Dean

Hands-on Activities

Antimicrobial Properties of Spices: An Activity for High School or Introductory Chemistry or Biology
by Anne M. Sousa and Walter R. Waldman
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (1), 103-106

Using Paper-Based Diagnostics with High School Students To Model Forensic Investigation and Colorimetric Analysis
by Rebekah R. Ravgiala, Stefi Weisburd, Raymond Sleeper, Andres Martinez, Dorota Rozkiewicz, George M. Whitesides, and Kathryn A. Hollar

Modeling Electron Density and Atomic Orbitals Using Marbles and Carbon Paper: An Exercise for High School Students
by Zephen Specht and Duke Raley

General Chemistry Laboratory Experiments

Microfluidics for High School Chemistry Students by Melissa Hemling, John A. Crooks, Piercen M. Oliver, Katie Brenner, Jennifer Gilbertson, George C. Lisensky, and Douglas B. Weibel

A General Chemistry Laboratory Experiment Relating Electron Configuration and Magnetic Behavior
by Wayne H. Pearson

Pyrolysis of Oxalates, a Convenient Method To Synthesize Powdered Cobalt and Nickel with Catalytic Activity: A Laboratory for General or Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
by Denis M. Zhilin and Ralf M. Peetz

Organic Chemistry Laboratories

Using Whiskey-Flavoring Compounds To Teach Distillation and IR Spectroscopy to First-Semester Organic Chemistry Students
by Hayley Wan, Nada Djokic, Brenna Arlyce Brown, and Yonghoon Kwon

A Research Module for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Multistep Synthesis of a Fluorous Dye Molecule
by Michael C. Slade, Jeffrey R. Raker, Brandon Kobilka, and Nicola L. B. Pohl

Sustainable Polymers in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis and Characterization of a Renewable Polymer from δ-Decalactone and l-Lactide
by Deborah K. Schneiderman, Chad Gilmer, Michael T. Wentzel, Mark T. Martello, Tomohiro Kubo, and Jane E. Wissinger

Investigation of Epimer Formation in Amide-Coupling Reactions: An Experiment for Advanced Undergraduate Students by
M. Jonathan Fray


Illustrating the Effect of pH on Enzyme Activity Using Gibbs Energy Profiles
by Stephen L. Bearne


A P450 Metabolism Experiment for Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratories by
Reza Razeghifard, Catherine E. Chiafair, and Dimitrios G. Giarikos

An Introduction to Passive Ion Transport across Model Lipid Membranes for Undergraduate Students: Proton Permeation Measurements in Liposomes
by Stefan Paula

From the Archives: Games in the Classroom

This issue includes an article heralding the Benefits of a Game-Based Review Module in Chemistry Courses for Nonmajors
by Thomas W. Stringfield and Eugene F. Kramer. Some additional recent articles featuring instructive games include:

ChemOkey: A Game To Reinforce Nomenclature
by Nusret Kavak

An Educational Card Game for Learning Families of Chemical Elements
by Antonio Joaquín Franco Mariscal, José María Oliva Martínez, and Serafín Bernal Márquez

Go Chemistry: A Card Game To Help Students Learn Chemical Formulas
by Todd A. Morris

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