JCE 94.02 February 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education February 2017 Cover

Fostering Creativity in Chemistry

The February 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: surface chemistry; chemical identity thinking; conceptual understanding; communicating science to the general public; activities and labs linking chemistry and art; history and chemistry; early access to research; technology as instructional support; synthesis laboratories; from the archives: bottle chemistry.

Cover: Surface Chemistry

In Demonstrating the Effect of Surfactant on Water Retention of Waxy Leaf Surfaces, Yu-Chun Chiu, Matthew A. Jenks, Michelle Richards-Babb, Betsy B. Ratcliff, John A. Juvik, and Kang-Mo Ku discuss an inexpensive and engaging laboratory-based activity to help students learn about the scientific method as well as the role of plant epicuticular waxes and surfactant function on waxy plant leaves. This lab can also be used to further students’ understanding of more advanced chemical concepts (such as intermolecular forces, hydrophobicity, surface tension, and the dual polarity of surfactants) and as a practical example of issues faced by the agricultural industry.

Surface science is also discussed and demonstrated in these articles:

Aqua-Art: A Demonstration of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Surfaces Fabricated by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition ~ Shauna P. Flynn, Milena McKenna, Ruairi Monaghan, Susan M. Kelleher, Stephen Daniels, and Aoife MacCormac

Self-Motion of Sodium Benzoate Flakes on a Water Surface: A Demonstration ~ Katherine V. Darvesh and Earl Martin


In this month's editorial, Editor-in-Chief Norbert J. Pienta scales The Slippery Slope of Student Evaluations.

Chemical Identity Thinking

Capturing Chemical Identity Thinking (Chemical Education Research) ~ Courtney Ngai and Hannah Sevian

Conceptual Understanding

Using Interlocking Toy Building Blocks To Assess Conceptual Understanding In Chemistry ~ Michael J. Geyer

Using Students’ Conceptions of Air To Evaluate a Guided-Inquiry Activity Classifying Matter Using Particulate Models ~ D. Amanda Vilardo, Ann H. MacKenzie, and Ellen J. Yezierski

Communicating Science to the General Public

Exploration of a Method To Assess Children’s Understandings of a Phenomenon after Viewing a Demonstration Show (Chemical Education Research) ~ Brittland K. DeKorver, Mark Choiand, and Marcy Towns

A Reverse Science Fair that Connects High School Students with University Researchers ~ Brian Mernoff, Amanda R. Aldous, Natalie A. Wasio, Joshua A. Kritzer, E. Charles H. Sykes, and Karen O’Hagan

Bringing Organic Chemistry to the Public: Structure and Scent in a Science Museum ~ M. Kevin Brown, Laura C. Brown, Karen Jepson-Innes, Michael Lindeau, and Jeremy Stone

Activities and Labs Linking Chemistry and Art

The Chemistry of Photography: Still a Terrific Laboratory Course for Nonscience Majors ~ Simeen Sattar

Colorful and Creative Chemistry: Making Simple Sustainable Paints with Natural Pigments and Binders ~ Jillian L. Blatti

An Advanced Spectroscopy Lab That Integrates Art, Commerce, and Science as Students Determine the Electronic Structure of the Common Pigment Carminic Acid ~ Suqing Liu, Asami Odate, Isabella Buscarino, Jacqueline Chou, Kathleen Frommer, Margeaux Miller, Alison Scorese, Marisa C. Buzzeo, and Rachel Narehood Austin

Pigment Synthesis for the Exploration of Binding Media Using a Lead-Free Alternative to Chrome Yellow ~ Anne C. Gaquere-Parker, Patricia S. Hill, Michael P. Haaf, Cass D. Parker, N. Allie Doles, Amanda K. Yi, and Todd A. Kaminski

History and Chemistry

Mapping the Teaching of History of Chemistry in Europe (Commentary)~ Ignacio Suay-Matallana ad and José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez

Periodic Reactions: The Early Works of William C. Bray and Alfred J. Lotka ~ Rinaldo Cervellati and Emanuela Greco

Early Access to Research

Activities in an S-STEM Program To Catalyze Early Entry into Research ~ Kate J. Graham, Edward J. McIntee, Annette F. Raigoza, M. Abul Fazal, and Henry V. Jakubowski (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s AuthorChoice program.)

Competence-Based, Research-Related Lab Courses for Materials Modeling: The Case of Organic Photovoltaics ~ Karl Sebastian Schellhammer and Gianaurelio Cuniberti

Technology as Instructional Support

In-Class Versus At-Home Quizzes: Which is Better? A Flipped Learning Study in a Two-Site Synchronously Broadcast Organic Chemistry Course ~ Michael A. Christiansen, Alyssia M. Lambert, Louis S. Nadelson, Kami M. Dupree, Trish A. Kingsford

Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation of Three Types of Student-Generated Videos as Instructional Support in Organic Chemistry Laboratories ~ Melinda C. Box, Cathi L. Dunnagan, Lauren A. S. Hirsh, Clinton R. Cherry, Kayla A. Christianson, Radiance J. Gibson, Michael I. Wolfe, and Maria T. Gallardo-Williams

Stereogame: An Interactive Computer Game That Engages Students in Reviewing Stereochemistry Concepts ~ José Nunes da Silva Júnior, Mary Anne Sousa Lima, João Victor Xerez Moreira, Francisco Serra Oliveira Alexandre, Diego Macedo de Almeida, Maria da Conceição Ferreira de Oliveira, and Antonio José Melo Leite Junior

Synthesis Laboratories

Teaching Experiment To Elucidate a Cation−π Effect in an Alkyne Cycloaddition Reaction and Illustrate Hypothesis-Driven Design of Experiments ~ Elijah J. St.Germain, Andrew S. Horowitz, Dominic Rucco, Evonne M. Rezler, and Salvatore D. Lepore

Thiourea in the Construction of C–S Bonds as Part of an Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Course ~ Guo-ping Lu, Fei Chen, and Chun Cai

Preparing 4-Ethoxyphenylurea Using Microwave Irradiation: Introducing Students to the Importance of Artificial Sweeteners and Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) ~ Spence C. PilcherJoshua Coats

From the Archives: Bottle Chemistry

This issue includes a low-cost method by Dawid Siodłak for Building Large Molecular Models with Plastic Screw-On Bottle Caps and Sturdy Connectors. Articles in past issues of JCE have used soda bottles in a variety of innovate ways to teach chemistry:

Out of the Blue (JCE Classroom Activity on the Blue Bottle) ~ Mark E. Noble

Improvements to the Whoosh Bottle Rocket Car Demonstration ~ Dean J. Campbell, Felicia A. Staiger, and Chaitanya N. Jujjavarapu

The Dynamic Density Bottle: A Make-and-Take, Guided Inquiry Activity on Density ~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman

Kinetic Explorations of the Candy–Cola Soda Geyser ~ Trevor P. T. Sims and Thomas S. Kuntzleman

Exploring the Gas Chemistry of Old Submarine Technologies Using Plastic Bottles as Reaction Vessels and Models ~ Ryo Horikoshi, Fumitaka Takeiri, Yoji Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Kageyama

Sink or Swim: The Cartesian Diver (JCE Classroom Activity) ~ K. David Pinkerton

A New Quantitative Pressure-Volume Experiment Based on the "Cartesian Diver" ~ Judith U. S. Thompson and Kenneth A. Goldsby

More Chemistry in a Soda Bottle: A Conservation of Mass Activity ~ William O. Bare, Kenneth A. Goldsby, Daniel Q. Duffy, and Stephanie A. Shaw

Visualizing Gas Adsorption on Porous Solids: Four Simple, Effective Demonstrations ~ Ocean Cheung

Simple Soda Bottle Solubility and Equilibria ~ Cheryl A. Snyder and Dudley C. Snyder

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