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by Philip Root
Mon, 04/04/2022 - 20:05

Please welcome Phil Root as a new ChemEd X two-year college (2YC) lead contributor. This is his first blog. Enjoy...

Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
Mon, 04/04/2022 - 10:00

A kaleidocycle is presented in which the entire periodic table has been collected. In this three-dimensional figure are the elements organized in four blocks according to their final electronic structure. It is intended that students with this playful figure actively participate in classes by rotating their kaleidocycle looking for the groups or elements that are being studied. The entire periodic table fits in one palm of their hands. It is also a didactic device because students only focus their attention on one block or group of elements from the entire Periodic Table. It can be achieved a more entertaining, motivating and exciting learning about the subject of the Periodic Table.

Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Scott Donnelly
Mon, 03/28/2022 - 23:43

Structure. Structure. Structure. This blog post describes a classroom activity where students propose the structure of a molecule- based on bond type information- used to accelerate the change in color of red table grapes. 

Recent activity: 2 years 2 months ago
by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 03/21/2022 - 23:07

Learn how to create cognitively demanding tasks for your classroom during this Knowles Academy virtual course. 

Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Dean Campbell
Mon, 03/21/2022 - 20:54

For your enjoyment, we present lists of chemically-related words that end in the letters “-cation” but do not actually refer to the positively-charged chemical species. The lists are available for download in the Supporting Information.

Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Chad Husting
Sat, 03/19/2022 - 09:34

Chad Husting tries out some micro-scale labs. 


Recent activity: 2 years 3 months ago
by Josh Kenney
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 18:50

Practice problem answer keys that provide correct and incorrect answers increase student metacognition and lead to more thorough learning.

Comments: 2
Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Michael Jansen
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 09:50
Michael Jansen typically teaches his students to solve qualitative chemical equilibrium problems using an ICE table but once students have mastered this skill, he introduces LeChâtelier’s Principle and a modified quantitative ICE table.
Recent activity: 2 years 3 months ago
by Melissa Hemling
Tue, 03/01/2022 - 08:03

Bring the fun of the viral word game "Wordle" into the chemistry classroom!

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Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Josh Kenney
Mon, 02/28/2022 - 10:21

Recently, Josh Kenney took time from his regular scheduled chemistry curriculum to investigate a student's claim that chocolate cake was an acid-base indicator. 

Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago