JCE 91.04—April 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education April 2014 Cover

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day—The Wonders of Water

The April 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. The April issue features water and environmental chemistry.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event that seeks to bring international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy, to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in preserving Earth. The 2014 theme—The Wonders of Water—features the unique properties of water that are crucial for life and a cleaner environment.

There are articles on water and environmental chemistry throughout the April issue to help you make the most of this yearly celebration:


Telling Time: Chemistry Education in the Anthropocene Epoch
by Peter G. Mahaffy

Activity-Based Approaches to Teaching about Water

Activity-Based Approach For Teaching Aqueous Solubility, Energy, and Entropy
by Laura Eisen, Nadia Marano, and Samantha Glazier

Developing and Implementing Inquiry-Based, Water Quality Laboratory Experiments for High School Students To Explore Real Environmental Issues Using Analytical Chemistry
by Daphna Mandler, Ron Blonder, Malka Yayon, Rachel Mamlok-Naaman, and Avi Hofstein

Environmental Projects

“But Aren’t Diesel Engines Just for Big, Smelly Trucks?” An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Project for High School Chemistry Students
by Brian P. Zoellner, Richard H. Chant, and Kelly Wood

Adsorption of Oxy-Anions in the Teaching Laboratory: An Experiment To Study a Fundamental Environmental Engineering Problem
by Mitch D’Arcy, Florence Bullough, Chris Moffat, Edoardo Borgomeo, Micheal Teh, Ramon Vilar, and Dominik J. Weiss

Water Demonstration

Making Water the Exciting Way: A Classroom Demonstration of Catalysis
by Ryan L. Stowe, Steven M. Bischof, Michael M. Konnick, Claas H. Hövelmann, Deborah Leach-Scampavia, Roy A. Periana, and Brian G. Hashiguchi

Water Labs

Constructing a Simple Distillation Apparatus To Purify Seawater: A High School Chemistry Experiment
by Alandra Kahl, Danita Heller, and Kim Ogden

Synthesis, Dehydration, and Rehydration of Calcium Sulfate (Gypsum, Plaster of Paris) by Gergely Sirokman

Adsorption Kinetics and Isotherms: A Safe, Simple, and Inexpensive Experiment for Three Levels of Students
by Polly R. Piergiovanni

Analysis of a Natural Yellow Dye: An Experiment for Analytical Organic Chemistry
by Alexandre Villela, Goverdina C. H. Derksen, and Teris A. van Beek

Binary Phase Diagrams at the Air–Water Interface: An Experiment for Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Students
by Molly C. Larsen

Environmental Labs

Operation Allelopathy: An Experiment Investigating an Alternative to Synthetic Agrochemicals
by Nuria Chinchilla, Alexandra G. Durán, Ceferino Carrera, Jesús Ayuso, and Francisco A. Macías

Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Castor Oil
by Hanan Alwaseem, Craig J. Donahue, and Simona Marincean

Determination of Wear Metals in Used Motor Oil by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
by Julie A. Palkendo, Jessica Kovach, and Thomas A. Betts

Discovering New Biosorbents with Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy: An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment
by Nathan Garrison, Maria Cunningham, Douglas Varys, and Douglas J. Schauer

A Solvent Microextraction Approach for Environmental Analysis: Colorimetric Assay for Phosphorus Determination in Natural Waters
by Francisco Pena-Pereira, Marta Costas, Carlos Bendicho, and Isela Lavilla

Collection, Extraction, and Analysis of Lead in Atmospheric Particles
by Kathlyn L. Fillman and Julie A. Palkendo

Direct Determination of Gas pH and Carbon Dioxide Concentration with pH Electrodes
by Qinlan Yang, Jun Long, Hao Zheng, Xianqing Tian, Dean Lei, Xiaoqiong Zhu, Yong Guo, and Dan Xiao

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry

It’s Advanced Placement (AP) testing time of year. The authors Jennifer Claesgens, Paul L. Daubenmire, Kathleen M. Scalise, Scott Balicki, Perman Gochyyev, and Angelica M. Stacy researched the question:

What Does a Student Know Who Earns a Top Score on the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam?

This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s new Editors’ Choice program. Additional discussions on AP Chemistry will be appearing later this year in the September issue.


Developing and Playing Chemistry Games To Learn about Elements, Compounds, and the Periodic Table: Elemental Periodica, Compoundica, and Groupica
by Eylem Bayir

Insulin–Glucagon Interactions: Using a Game To Understand Hormonal Control
by Colleen J. Conway and Maureen Leonard

Biochemistry Resources

Effects of Guided Inquiry versus Lecture Instruction on Final Grade Distribution in a One-Semester Organic and Biochemistry Course
by Colleen J. Conway

“Big-Picture” Worksheets To Help Students Learn and Understand the Pentose Phosphate Pathway and the Calvin Cycle
by Paul A. Sims

Use of Freely Available and Open Source Tools for In Silico Screening in Chemical Biology
by Gareth W. Price, Phillip S. Gould, and Andrew Marsh

From the Archives

To further celebrate Earth Day 2014— The Wonders of Water—you can enjoy access to a collection of previously published articles, hands-on experiments, and demonstrations from the Journal of Chemical Education on water properties and water in the environment available at http://pubs.acs.org/page/jceda8/earthday2014.html.

Author Resources

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But Wait…There’s More!

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 2014 issue will be available as a sample issue for the entire year; if you like what you read, consider a subscription.