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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 08/18/2021 - 09:09

Check out the solution to Chemical Mystery #18: Peek A Boo Blue! 

Recent activity: 3 months 1 week ago
by Michael Jansen
Mon, 08/16/2021 - 16:01

Michael Jansen reflects on a very common empirical formula lab that asks students to determine the empirical formula of MgxOy. He then explains how he continues to use it as a "successful failure", how he demonstrates an alternate procedure and leads his students to an important lesson.

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Recent activity: 3 months 1 week ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 08/12/2021 - 18:51

Can you use your knowledge of chemistry to figure out what is going on in this blue/green/yellow/blue color change?

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by David Cash
Tue, 08/03/2021 - 15:41

The two-page instruction sheet that accompanies the Luster Leaf Rapitest© Soil Test Kit could be a useful curriculum resource for chemistry teachers for generating discussion about the key aspects of the content or for helping students practice close reading skills. This article will briefly describe the contents of the instruction sheet and suggest possible uses in the general chemistry curriculum by posing questions for students to answer or consider. 

Recent activity: 3 months 1 day ago
by Dean Campbell
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 13:03

The differing electrostatic and solubility properties of starch and polystyrene foam packing peanuts are used in various demonstrations to describe aspects of microplastics and their interactions with the environment. Their differing responses to exposure to liquid nitrogen and iodine solutions are also described.

Recent activity: 4 months 4 days ago
by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 07/26/2021 - 12:28

AP Reader, Melissa Hemling, reflects and shares ideas to improve multimodal understanding of AP Chemistry concepts with Concept Summary Sheets. 

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Recent activity: 3 months 3 weeks ago
by Melissa Hemling
Sun, 07/18/2021 - 17:38

BCCE is back next summer in person! Symposia and Workshop Abstracts are due July 30th! Add the conference to your calendar and plan to join the Chemical Education community there!

Recent activity: 3 months 4 weeks ago
by Michael Jansen
Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:31

To the point; no fluff. Communication so succinct that the message lands. Pardon the pun to Chemistry, but too many words dilute a message. The result: students remember nothing.

Recent activity: 4 months 3 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 07/03/2021 - 16:07

Summertime means doing chemistry experiments with flowers found growing in the yard...

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Recent activity: 4 months 2 weeks ago
by Clarissa Sorens...
Tue, 06/29/2021 - 12:30

Being a teacher during the pandemic was a transformative experience. But it's unlikely no one came out of the pandemic unscathed in some way. The scars are real and learning to accept them is part of the process in returning to "normal", which was an illusion and did not work well for many. Post-pandemic, how will my teaching change?

Recent activity: 5 months 3 days ago