JCE 95.10 October 2018 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education October 2018 Cover

The Human Side of Teaching and Learning

The October 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: research on: AP chemistry reform and writing instruction; novel teaching approaches; demonstrations: safety and effectiveness; augmented reality and technology for teaching; using stories and history to teach; exploring acid-base chemistry; understanding energy; biochemistry in the laboratory; teaching resources; astrochemistry resources for National Chemistry Week 2018.

Cover: Illustrating the Human Side of Teaching and Learning

Those involved in teaching and learning chemistry interact with the science in ways that are unique, as noted in this issue's editorial in which Norbert Pienta discusses Illustrating the Human Side of Teaching and Learning. For example, the cover shows students learning chemistry in a course that uses an approach to encourage student interaction and minimize instructor lecturing. In this integrated learning environment, the space is designed to facilitate interactions between small groups of students with guidance from peer-learning assistants. Students are grouped at tables where they are encouraged to interact within their smaller group as well as with the other groups on activities that emphasize conceptual understanding.

Some articles in this issue showing the human dimension:

From Water to H2O: Using the Human Dimension of Science To Teach the Nature of Science ~ José Luis Aparicio and María P. Elizalde

Utilizing Snapchat To Facilitate Engagement with and Contextualization of Undergraduate Chemistry ~ Glenn A. Hurst

Journal News

Ellen Yezierski, chair of the Board of Publications, announces that Tom Holme of Iowa State University has been selected as the Ninth Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Education. (ACS has also issued a news release on this announcement.)

Call for Papers: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry

A Special Issue on Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry with guest editors, Peter G. Mahaffy, Edward J. Brush, Julie A. Haack, and Felix M. Ho, has been announced. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. (This was also recently announced on ChemEdX.)

Content in this issue using a green approach:

A Second Look at the Kinetics of the Iron–Oxygen Reaction: Determination of the Total Order Using a Greener Approach ~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

Organocatalytic Cyclopropanation of (E)-Dec-2-enal: Synthesis, Spectral Analysis and Mechanistic Understanding ~ Marta Meazza, Agnieszka Kowalczuk, Sarah Watkins, Simon Holland, Thomas A. Logothetis, and Ramon Rios

Research on: AP Chemistry Reform and Writing Instruction

Adapting to the Large-Scale Advanced Placement Chemistry Reform: An Examination of Teachers’ Challenges and Instructional Practices ~ Christian Fischer, Arthur Eisenkraft, Barry Fishman, Nicolas Hübner, and Frances Lawrenz

Writing Instruction in Chemistry Classes: Developing Prompts and Rubrics ~ Kayla Logan and Lee Mountain

Novel Teaching Approaches 

Impact of an Atoms-First Approach on Student Outcomes in a Two-Semester General Chemistry Course ~ George Chitiyo, Darek W. Potter, and Chad E. Rezsnyak

Designing and Teaching a Course about Characterization Techniques for Solid State Materials in an Undergraduate Institution ~ Alexandre H. Pinto

Demonstration: Safety and Effectiveness

Playing with Fire: Chemical Safety Expertise Required ~ Samuella B. Sigmann (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS Editors’ Choice program)

Chemistry Demonstrations and Visual Attention: Does the Setup Matter? Evidence from a Double-Blinded Eye-Tracking Study ~ Andreas Nehring and Sebastian Busch

Augmented Reality and Technology for Teaching

Increasing Enthusiasm and Enhancing Learning for Biochemistry-Laboratory Safety with an Augmented-Reality Program ~ Bolin Zhu, Mi Feng, Hannah Lowe, Jeffrey Kesselman, Lane Harrison, and Robert E. Dempski

Social and Tactile Mixed Reality Increases Student Engagement in Undergraduate Lab Activities ~ Rainier Barrett, Heta A. Gandhi, Anusha Naganathan, Danielle Daniels, Yang Zhang, Chibueze Onwunaka, April Luehmann, and Andrew D. White

Integrating 360° Videos in an Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Course ~ Alvita Ardisara and Fun Man Fung

Using Stories and History to Teach

Biological Impact and Ethical Implications of Pesticide Use: A Short Module for Upper-Division-Undergraduate Biochemistry Courses ~ Lisa M. Ryno and Cheryl Cottine

Incorporating Stories of Sedatives, Spoiled Sweet Clover Hay, and Plants from the Amazon Rainforest into a Pharmaceutical Chemistry Course To Engage Students and Introduce Drug Design Strategies ~ Eneko Larrañeta

Naming the Cycle: On the Etymology of the Citric Acid Cycle Intermediates ~ Peter Polčic

Exploring Acid-Base Chemistry

Buffers in Context: Baby Wipes As a Buffer System ~ Jon-Marc G. Rodriguez, Sarah Hensiek, Jeanne R. Meyer, Cynthia J. Harwood, and Marcy H. Towns

Unimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution (SN1): Structural Reactivity Evidenced by Colored Acid–Base Indicators ~ Willber D. Castro-Godoy, Juan E. Argüello, Marisa Martinelli, and Daniel A. Caminos

Understanding Energy

How Batteries Store and Release Energy: Explaining Basic Electrochemistry ~ Klaus Schmidt-Rohr (available to non-subscribers as part of the ACS AuthorChoice program)

Electromotive Force versus Electrical Potential Difference: Approaching (but Not Yet at) Equilibrium ~ Leandro da Silva Rodrigues, Jones de Andrade, and Luiz H. S. Gasparotto

Electrochemical Reaction Gibbs Energy: Spontaneity in Electrochemical Cells ~ Tomasz Pacześniak, Katarzyna Rydel-Ciszek, Paweł Chmielarz, Maria Charczuk, and Andrzej Sobkowiak

Comparative Analysis of Fuel Composition and Physical Properties of Biodiesel, Diesel, Kerosene, and Jet Fuel ~ Timm A. Knoerzer, Elise M. Hill, Todd A. Davis, Scott T. Iacono, Jane E. Johnson, and Gary J. Balaich

Biochemistry in the Laboratory

Permanganate Oxidation of DNA Nucleotides: An Introductory Redox Laboratory Framed as a Murder Mystery ~ Stephen M. Testa, John P. Selegue, April French, and Brett Criswell

Synthesis and Evaluation of Artificial DNA Scissors: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Experiment ~ Jan Hormann, Sabine Streller, and Nora Kulak

Genotype and Phenotype of Caffeine Metabolism: A Biochemistry Laboratory Experiment ~ Julie T. Millard, Tenzin Passang, Jiayu Ye, Gabriel M. Kline, Tina M. Beachy, Victoria L. Hepburn, and Edmund J. Klinkerch

Activation of Split RNA Aptamers: Experiments Demonstrating the Enzymatic Synthesis of Short RNAs and Their Assembly As Observed by Fluorescent Response ~ Sameer Sajja, Morgan Chandler, Caryn D. Striplin, and Kirill A. Afonin

Real-Time Visualization of in Vitro Transcription of a Fluorescent RNA Aptamer: An Experiment for the Upper-Division Undergraduate or First-Year Graduate Laboratory ~ Joseph M. Heili, Jose Gomez-Garcia, Nathaniel J. Gaut, Brock W. Cash, Lauren M. Aufdembrink, Brent A. Heffron, Joshua D. Shirley, Erin E. Carlson, Katarzyna P. Adamala, and Aaron E. Engelhart

Investigating the Clough, Lutz, and Jirgensons Rule for the pH Dependence of Optical Rotation of Amino Acids ~ Scott Simpson and Alexandra M. Izydorczak

Teaching Resources

Is a Metal “Ions in a Sea of Delocalized Electrons?” ~ Peter F. Lang

Crime in the Classroom: Conclusions after 27 Years ~ David N. Harpp

Color Space Mathematical Modeling Using Microsoft Excel ~ M. J. Delgado-González, Y. Carmona-Jiménez, M. C. Rodríguez-Dodero, and M. V. García-Moreno

Employing Spreadsheets for Applying Calculus in Upper-Level Chemistry Courses ~ Paul D. Cooper

Correction to “3-D Topo Surface Visualization of Acid–Base Species Distributions: Corner Buttes, Corner Pits, Curving Ridge Crests, and Dilution Plains” ~ Garon C. Smith and Md Mainul Hossain

3! 2! 1! Archives: Chemistry Is Out of This World!

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2018: Chemistry Is Out of This World! with astrochemistry resources in past issues of the Journal of Chemical Education, such as:

Exploring Astrochemistry

Astrochemistry Examples in the Classroom ~ Reggie L. Hudson

Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers ~ Jay S. Huebner, Robert A. Vergenz, and Terry L. Smith

Experimenting with Sunlight

CD Light: An Introduction to Spectroscopy 

A Simple Photocell To Demonstrate Solar Energy Using Benign Household Ingredients ~ York R. Smith, Eric Crone, and Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian

Putting UV-Sensitive Beads to the Test ~ Terre Trupp

Investigating Rockets and Space Exploration

Rocket Scientist for a Day: Investigating Alternatives for Chemical Propulsion ~ Marcus Angelin, Martin Rahm, Erik Gabrielsson, and Lena Gumaelius

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

Teaching Chemistry Using October Sky ~ James G. Goll, Lindsay J. Wilkinson, and Dolores M. Snell

Carbon Dioxide Absorbers: An Engaging Experiment for the General Chemistry Laboratory ~ Thomas M. Ticich

Using NASA and the Space Program To Help High School and College Students Learn Chemistry. Part I. The Shuttle and Our Living Earth ~ Paul B. Kelter, William E. Snyder, and Constance S. Buchar

Using NASA and the Space Program To Help High School and College Students Learn Chemistry. Part II. The Current State of Chemistry in the Space Program ~ Paul B. Kelter, William E. Snyder, and Constance S. Buchar

The Apollo Missions and the Chemistry of the Moon ~ Richard A. Pacer and William D. Ehmann

Teaching Chemistry Using the Movie Apollo 13 ~ James G. Goll and B. J. Woods

Teaching Chemistry Using From the Earth to the Moon ~ James G. Goll and Stacie L. Mundinger

Examining the Chemistry of Planets, Stars, and Space

Chemistry in Planetology ~ Robert E. Mueller

The Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres ~ W. T. Huntress Jr.

Demonstrations of Magnetism and Oxidation by Combustion of Iron Supplement Tablets ~ Max J. Palmer, Keri A. Martinez, Mayuresh G. Gadgil, and Dean J. Campbell

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

A Nonradioactive Simulation of the Viking Mission Labeled-Release Experiment: A Search for Evidence of Life ~ Lydia Galagovsky, Santiago Kocmur, Guillermo J. Visbeek, Liliana Haim, and Eduardo Cortón

Periodic Tables of Elemental Abundance ~ Steven I. Dutch

Before There Was Chemistry: The Origin of the Elements as an Introduction to Chemistry ~ Neil Glickstein

Stellar Alchemy: The Origin of the Chemical Elements ~ Eric B. Norman 

Cometary Spectroscopy for Advanced Undergraduates ~ Osman Sorkhabi, William M. Jackson, and Iraj Daizadeh

The Discovery of the Chemistry among the Stars ~ Arturo Arnau, Iñaki Tuñón, and Estanislao Silla

Content in the Journal of Chemical Education Is Always Out of This World

With 95 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education, you will always find something to help your chemistry experiences, including 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.

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! For some advice on becoming an author, it’s always very helpful to read Erica Jacobsen’s Commentary. In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including Author Guidelines and Document Templates. In addition, ACS has recently created the ACS Publishing Center, which has resources for preparing and reviewing mansucript for ACS journals.