JCE 94.10 October 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education October 2017 Cover

Celebrating the Value of Chemistry

The October 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: geochemistry in action; research on effective teaching and study approaches; keeping education and chemistry relevant; communication and writing; spectroscopy; chromatography; synthesis; teaching resources; mining the archive: chemistry rocks!

Cover: Geochemistry in Action: Watch a Dripstone Grow!

Nature beautifies the ruins of an aging concrete bunker with brilliant white stalagmites. Although the chemical composition and morphology of these formations is equivalent to those found in limestone caves, the chemical process creating them is different and much faster. In Geochemistry in Action: Watch a Dripstone Grow!, Bertram Schmidkonz makes use of this phenomenon to grow dripstone in an innovative lab experiment activity, which is more chemically realistic than the well-known dripping salt solution demonstration. Because a simple acid-base reaction is involved, this novel approach provides teachers with an opportunity to connect basic chemistry concepts to a geochemical feature, engaging the interest of students with its real-world context. This article and others in the issue can help you communicate the value of chemistry in our everyday life during National Chemistry Week, being celebrated October 22-28, 2017, with the theme "Chemistry Rocks!". For example, see articles on:


Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Qualitative Analysis of Metals in Simulated Martian Soils ~ Curtis Mowry, Rob Milofsky, William Collins, and Adam S. Pimentel

Water Quality Monitoring of an Urban Estuary and a Coastal Aquifer Using Field Kits and Meters: A Community-Based Environmental Research Project ~ Hun Bok Jung, Felix Zamora, and Nurdan S. Duzgoren-Aydin

Bird’s-Eye View of Sampling Sites: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles To Make Chemistry Fieldwork Videos ~ Fun Man Fung and Simon Francis Watts


Exploring Matter: An Interactive, Inexpensive Chemistry Exhibit for Museums ~ Steven Murov and Arnold Chavez

Chemistry Science Investigation: Dognapping Workshop, An Outreach Program Designed To Introduce Students to Science through a Hands-On Mystery ~ Timothy J. Boyle, Jeremiah M. Sears, Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez, Maddison R. Casillas, and Thao H. Nguyen

Addressing an Overlooked Science Outreach Audience: Development of a Science Mentorship Program Focusing on Critical Thinking Skills for Adults Working toward a High School Equivalency Degree ~ Nicole L. Gagnon and Anna J. Komor


A(nother) Modification of the Ammonia Fountain Demonstration ~ Ben Ruekberg and David L. Freeman

Illustrating the Basic Functioning of Mass Analyzers in Mass Spectrometers with Ball-Rolling Mechanisms ~ Ryo Horikoshi, Fumitaka Takeiri, Riho Mikita, Yoji Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Kageyama


Norbert J. Pienta writes about Reflecting on Journal Traditions and Policies on the Way to the Future in this month's editorial, with particular attention to current Journal policy about prior publication and tools for open access

Research on Effective Teaching and Study Approaches

Unpacking “Active Learning”: A Combination of Flipped Classroom and Collaboration Support Is More Effective but Collaboration Support Alone Is Not ~ Martina A. Rau, Kristopher Kennedy, Lucas Oxtoby, Mark Bollom, and John W. Moore

Differential Use of Study Approaches by Students of Different Achievement Levels ~ Diane M. Bunce, Regis Komperda, Maria J. Schroeder, Debra K. Dillner, Shirley Lin, Melonie A. Teichert, and JudithAnn R. Hartman

Keeping Education and Chemistry Relevant

Hydration of Decorative Beads: An Exercise in Measurement, Calculations, and Graphical Analysis ~ Rebecca A. Hill and Christopher P. Nicholson

Evaluating the Relevance of the Chemistry Curriculum to the Workplace: Keeping Tertiary Education Relevant ~ Nur Yaisyah Bte Md Yasin and Ong Yueying

Independent Synthesis Projects in the Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories: Bridging the Gap Between Student and Researcher ~ Valerie A. Keller and Beatrice Lin Kendall

Heightening Awareness for Graduate Students of the Potential Impacts of Nanomaterials on Human Health and the Environment Using a Theoretical–Practical Approach ~ Nathalie F. S. de Melo, Leonardo F. Fraceto, and Renato Grillo

Communication and Writing

A Project Provides an Opportunity: Multiple Drafts of an Introduction Require Students To Engage Deeply with the Literature ~ David J. Slade and Justin S. Miller

Do It Right! Requiring Multiple Submissions of Math and NMR Analysis Assignments in the Laboratory ~ David J. Slade


Demonstrating Basic Properties of Spectroscopy Using a Self-Constructed Combined Fluorimeter and UV-Photometer ~ Eivind V. Kvittingen, Lise Kvittingen, Thor Bernt Melø, Birte Johanne Sjursnes, and Richard Verley

Using Myoglobin Denaturation To Help Biochemistry Students Understand Protein Structure ~ Yilan Miao and Courtney L. Thomas

General Chemistry Laboratory Experiment To Demonstrate Organic Synthesis, Fluorescence, and Chemiluminescence through Production of a Biphasic Glow Stick ~ Adam L. Pay, Curtiss Kovash, and Brian A. Logue

Spectroscopy 101: A Practical Introduction to Spectroscopy and Analysis for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories ~ Lucas A. Morrill, Jacquelin K. Kammeyer, and Neil K. Garg

Circular Dichroism of G-Quadruplex: a Laboratory Experiment for the Study of Topology and Ligand Binding ~ Josué Carvalho, João A. Queiroz, and Carla Cruz


What Is in Your Wallet? Quantitation of Drugs of Abuse on Paper Currency with a Rapid LC–MS/MS Method ~ Patrick D. Parker, Brandon Beers, and Matthew J. Vergne

Complete LabVIEW-Controlled HPLC Lab: An Advanced Undergraduate Experience ~ Douglas J. Beussman and John P. Walters

Isolation of Biliverdin IXα, as its Dimethyl Ester, from Emu Eggshells ~ Steven Halepas, Randy Hamchand, Samuel E. D. Lindeyer, and Christian Brückner


Chemical Upcycling of Expired Drugs: Synthesis of Guaifenesin Acetonide ~ Homar Barcena and Katarzyna Maziarz

Two Approaches to the Synthesis of Dimethyl Fumarate That Demonstrate Fundamental Principles of Organic Chemistry ~ Brian E. Love and Lisa J. Bennett

Synthesis of trans-4,5-Bis-dibenzylaminocyclopent-2-enone from Furfural Catalyzed by ErCl3·6H2O ~ Mónica S. Estevão, Ricardo J. V. Martins, and Carlos A. M. Afonso

Straightforward Preparation Method for Complexes Bearing a Bidentate N-Heterocyclic Carbene To Introduce Undergraduate Students to Research Methodology ~ Alberto Fernández, Margarita López-Torres, Jesús J. Fernández, Digna Vázquez-García, and Ismael Marcos

Teaching Resources

Radius Ratio Rule Rescue ~ Anna Michmerhuizen, Karine Rose, Wentiirim Annankra, and Douglas A. Vander Griend

Learning Laboratory Chemistry through Electronic Sensors, a Microprocessor, and Student Enabling Software: A Preliminary Demonstration ~ Qing Zhang, Ly Brode, Tingting Cao, and J. E. Thompson

Development and Use of an Open-Source, User-Friendly Package To Simulate Voltammetry Experiments ~ Shuo Wang, Jing Wang, and Yanjing Gao

Adapting and Modifying the Apparatus for Students To Accurately Determine the Freezing Point of a Solvent and Solution ~ Shirong Li, Jianzhong Guo, Kewang Wang, Lin Chen, Daodao Hu, and Yunshan Bai

Comment on “Calculating the Confidence and Prediction Limits of a Rate Constant at a Given Temperature from an Arrhenius Equation Using Excel” ~ Pascal Pernot

Reply to “Comment on ‘Calculating the Confidence and Prediction Limits of a Rate Constant at a Given Temperature from an Arrhenius Equation Using Excel’” ~ Ronald A. Hites

Mining the Archives: Chemistry Rocks!

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks! with geochemistry resources in past issues of JCE, such as:

Geology-Inspired Chemistry Laboratories

Chemistry and Art in a Bag: An Easy-To-Implement Outreach Activity Making and Painting with a Copper-Based Pigment ~ Anne C. Gaquere-Parker, N. Allie Doles, Cass D. Parker

Synthesis of Copper Pigments, Malachite and Verdigris: Making Tempera Paint ~ Sally D. Solomon, Susan A. Rutkowsky, Megan L. Mahon, Erica M. Halpern

Copper Metal from Malachite circa 4000 B.C.E. ~ Cris E. Johnson, Gordon T. Yee, and Jeannine E. Eddleton

Analysis of Copper-Bearing Rocks and Minerals for Their Metal Content Using Visible Spectroscopy: A First Year Chemistry Laboratory Exploration ~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

Experimenting with a Visible Copper–Aluminum Displacement Reaction in Agar Gel and Observing Copper Crystal Growth Patterns To Engage Student Interest and Inquiry ~ Xinhua Xu, Meifen Wu, Xiaogang Wang, Yangyiwei Yang, Xiang Shi, Guoping Wang

Quantitative Determination of Iron in Limonite Using Spectroscopic Methods with Senior and General Chemistry Students: Geology-Inspired Chemistry Lab Explorations ~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera, Christopher L. Coughenour, Andrew J. Oswalt

Minerals and Crystals

Exploring Solid-State Structure and Physical Properties: A Molecular and Crystal Model Exercise ~ Thomas H. Bindel

Celebrating the International Year of Crystallography with a Wisconsin High School Crystal Growing Competition ~ Ilia A. Guzei

The Growth of Large Single Crystals ~ Carl D. Baer

How Does Your Garden Grow? Investigating the "Magic Salt Crystal Garden" ~ JCE staff

Salt Crystals-Science behind the Magic ~ Charles F. Davidson and Michael R. Slabaugh

Crystal Growth in Gels ~ Steven L. Suib

Using Silica Gel Cat Litter To Readily Demonstrate the Formation of Colorful Chemical Gardens ~ Masatada Matsuoka

At ChemEdX,

Investigations of Hematite beads: A Experiment for National Chemistry Week ~ Tom Kuntzleman

Chemistry Rocks!—Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond ~ Erica Jacobsen

News & Announcements

Save the dates! 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, July 29–August 2, 2018, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana ~ Steven M. Wietstock, Cathrine Reck, and James Parise

Chemistry Always Rocks in JCE

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