JCE 92.09—September 2015 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education September 2015 Cover

Effective Student Engagement

The September 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. This issue includes articles on flipped classroom; introductory and general chemistry; organic chemistry activities; biochemistry demonstrations and labs; computer-based learning; chemical education research; from the archive: chemistry in context.

Cover: Dynamic Density Bottle

In , Thomas S. Kuntzleman describes an activity in which students observe dynamic floating and sinking behavior of plastic pieces in various liquids. Explaining how these events take place is both motivating and thought provoking for students. This interesting system, which draws on a number of chemical concepts, can be constructed using inexpensive and easily obtained materials. The cover shows the time dependent floating and sinking behavior observed for low density polyethylene (blue pieces) and polystyrene (yellow pieces) in a thoroughly mixed isopropyl alcohol–salt water mixture (left to right: 1 s, 10 s, 20 s, 40 s, and 60 s after mixing).


In this month’s Editorial, Kristen L. Murphy and Thomas A. Holme discuss  The emergence of students using cell phones and particularly the photographic capabilities of smartphones to cheat on exams is examined.

Flipped Classroom

Flipping the classroom involves moving lecture material outside of class so that collaborative problem solving and other active learning activities may be done in class. This issue explores various venues and methods of flipped instruction in chemistry:

Chemical Education Research  ~ Gabriela C. Weaver and Hannah G. Sturtevant

Demonstration  ~ Fun Man Fung

Technology Report  ~ Neil Fitzgerald and Luisa Li

ConfChem 2014 Conference on Flipped Classroom

~ Chris Luker , Jennifer Muzyka , Robert Belford

~ Michael K. Seery

~ JudithAnn R. Hartman, Donald J. Dahm, and Eric A. Nelson

~ Bridget G. Trogden

~ January D. Haile

~ Kelly B. Butzler

~ Robert D. Rossi

~ Jennifer L. Muzyka

~ Robert E. Belford, Matthew Stoltzfus, and Justin B. Houseknecht

Introductory and General Chemistry

~ Thomas A. Holme, Cynthia J. Luxford, and Alexandra Brandriet (This article has been by Deanna Cullen and is available to non-subscribers through the ACS Editors' Choice program.)

~ Ginger V. Shultz, Amy C. Gottfried, and Grace A. Winschel

~ Seoung-Hey Paik

~ W. Patrick Cunningham, Christopher Joseph, Samantha Morey, Ana Santos Romo, Cullen Shope, Jonathan Strang, and Kevin Yang

~ Tomoyuki Tatsuoka, Kana Shigedomi, and Nobuyoshi Koga (This article is available to non-subscribers through ACS AuthorChoice.)

Organic Chemistry Activities

~ Christina G. Collison, Jeremy Cody, Darren Smith, and Jennifer Swartzenberg

~ Christopher A. Knudtson

Biochemistry Demonstrations and Labs

~ Kalani J. Seu

~ Louis Marchetti and Brenton DeBoef

~ Vincent A. Sichula

~ Catarina A. B. Rodrigues, José M. G. Martinho, and Carlos A. M. Afonso

~ Leah C. O’Brien, Hannah B. Root, Chin-Chuan Wei, Drake Jensen, Nahid Shabestary, Cristina De Meo, and Douglas J. Eder

~ Chin-Chuan Wei, Drake Jensen, Tiffany Boyle, Leah C. O’Brien, Cristina De Meo, Nahid Shabestary, and Douglas J. Eder

Computer-Based Learning

~ Tobias Hahn, Thiemo Huuk, Vincent Heuveline, and Jürgen Hubbuch

~ Jay H. Brown

~ Andrian Saputra, Lorentz R. Canaval, Sunyono, Noor Fadiawati, Chansyanah Diawati, M. Setyorini, Nina Kadaritna, and Budi Kadaryanto

Chemical Education Research

~ Laura J. Fox and Gillian H. Roehrig

~ Marilyne Stains, Matthew Pilarz, and Devasmita Chakraverty

From the Archive: Chemistry in Context

In the article, , Darryl Hawker emphasizes an approach of real-world, context-based learning to help students appreciate the wider value of chemistry. The Journal has many, many examples of teaching chemistry in context—here's a sampling from food to field trips:

~ Patrice Bell

(Teaching with Problems and Case Studies) ~ Juliette M. Lantz, Jenny E. Feindt, Eric P. B. Lewellyn, and Mary M. Walczak

~ Nobuyoshi Koga, Tomoyasu Kimura, and Kana Shigedomi

~ Katharine J. Harmon, Lisa M. Miller, and Julie T. Millard

~ Keith E. Peterman

Shake It Up with Resources from JCE

With 92 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something engaging—including all of the , and many more, in . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

If you are considering , there are numerous author resources available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including  & .