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 online 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 The Dynamic Density Bottle: A Make-and-Take, Guided Inquiry Activity on Density, 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 What Might Cell Phone-Based Cheating on Tests Mean for Chemistry Education? 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 Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Flipped Format General Chemistry Course ~ Gabriela C. Weaver and Hannah G. Sturtevant

Demonstration Using First-Person Perspective Filming Techniques for a Chemistry Laboratory Demonstration To Facilitate a Flipped Pre-Lab ~ Fun Man Fung

Technology Report Using Presentation Software To Flip an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Course ~ Neil Fitzgerald and Luisa Li

ConfChem 2014 Conference on Flipped Classroom

Introduction to the Spring 2014 ConfChem on the Flipped Classroom ~ Chris Luker , Jennifer Muzyka , Robert Belford

Student Engagement with Flipped Chemistry Lectures ~ Michael K. Seery

Time-Saving Resources Aligned with Cognitive Science To Help Instructors ~ JudithAnn R. Hartman, Donald J. Dahm, and Eric A. Nelson

Reclaiming Face Time—How an Organic Chemistry Flipped Classroom Provided Access to Increased Guided Engagement ~ Bridget G. Trogden

Using a Blog To Flip a Classroom ~ January D. Haile

Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College ~ Kelly B. Butzler

Improving Student Engagement in Organic Chemistry Using the Inverted Classroom Model ~ Robert D. Rossi

Just-in-Time Teaching in Chemistry Courses with Moodle ~ Jennifer L. Muzyka

Spring 2014 ConfChem Virtual Poster Session ~ Robert E. Belford, Matthew Stoltzfus, and Justin B. Houseknecht

Introductory and General Chemistry

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

Impact of General Chemistry on Student Achievement and Progression to Subsequent Chemistry Courses: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis ~ Ginger V. Shultz, Amy C. Gottfried, and Grace A. Winschel

Understanding the Relationship Among Arrhenius, Brønsted–Lowry, and Lewis Theories ~ Seoung-Hey Paik

Implementing an Inexpensive and Accurate Introductory Gas Density Activity with High School Students ~ W. Patrick Cunningham, Christopher Joseph, Samantha Morey, Ana Santos Romo, Cullen Shope, Jonathan Strang, and Kevin Yang

Using a Laboratory Inquiry with High School Students To Determine the Reaction Stoichiometry of Neutralization by a Thermochemical Approach ~ Tomoyuki Tatsuoka, Kana Shigedomi, and Nobuyoshi Koga (This article is available to non-subscribers through ACS AuthorChoice.)

Organic Chemistry Activities

Formalizing the First Day in an Organic Chemistry Laboratory Using a Studio-Based Approach ~ Christina G. Collison, Jeremy Cody, Darren Smith, and Jennifer Swartzenberg

ChemKarta: A Card Game for Teaching Functional Groups in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry ~ Christopher A. Knudtson

Biochemistry Demonstrations and Labs

Osmotic Stressing, Membrane Leakage, and Fluorescence: An Introductory Biochemistry Demonstration ~ Kalani J. Seu

Solution-Phase Synthesis of Dipeptides: A Capstone Project That Employs Key Techniques in an Organic Laboratory Course ~ Louis Marchetti and Brenton DeBoef

Synthesis of 10-Ethyl Flavin: A Multistep Synthesis Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment for Upper-Division Undergraduate Students ~ Vincent A. Sichula

Synthesis of a Biologically Active Oxazol-5-(4H)-one via an Erlenmeyer–Plöchl Reaction ~ Catarina A. B. Rodrigues, José M. G. Martinho, and Carlos A. M. Afonso

M2+•EDTA Binding Affinities: A Modern Experiment in Thermodynamics for the Physical Chemistry Laboratory ~ Leah C. O’Brien, Hannah B. Root, Chin-Chuan Wei, Drake Jensen, Nahid Shabestary, Cristina De Meo, and Douglas J. Eder

Isothermal Titration Calorimetry and Macromolecular Visualization for the Interaction of Lysozyme and Its Inhibitors ~ Chin-Chuan Wei, Drake Jensen, Tiffany Boyle, Leah C. O’Brien, Cristina De Meo, Nahid Shabestary, and Douglas J. Eder

Computer-Based Learning

Simulating and Optimizing Preparative Protein Chromatography with ChromX ~ Tobias Hahn, Thiemo Huuk, Vincent Heuveline, and Jürgen Hubbuch

Development and Use of a Cyclic Voltammetry Simulator To Introduce Undergraduate Students to Electrochemical Simulations ~ Jay H. Brown

Visualizing Three-Dimensional Hybrid Atomic Orbitals Using Winplot: An Application for Student Self Instruction ~ Andrian Saputra, Lorentz R. Canaval, Sunyono, Noor Fadiawati, Chansyanah Diawati, M. Setyorini, Nina Kadaritna, and Budi Kadaryanto

Chemical Education Research

Nationwide Survey of the Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Course ~ Laura J. Fox and Gillian H. Roehrig

Short and Long-Term Impacts of the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop ~ Marilyne Stains, Matthew Pilarz, and Devasmita Chakraverty

From the Archive: Chemistry in Context

In the article, Kinetics of Carbaryl Hydrolysis: An Undergraduate Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, 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:

Design of a Food Chemistry-Themed Course for Nonscience Majors ~ Patrice Bell

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

Laboratory Inquiry for Determining the Chemical Composition of a Component in a Daily Use Detergent: Sodium Sesquicarbonate ~ Nobuyoshi Koga, Tomoyasu Kimura, and Kana Shigedomi

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

Field Trips Put Chemistry in Context for Non-Science Majors ~ Keith E. Peterman

Shake It Up with Resources from JCE

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